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  NOV 23 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chandler Staton, App State,...Chandler Staton tied his career high with three made field goals, connecting from 44, 36 and 45 yards, in the Mountaineers' 34-23 loss to Coastal Carolina. In a tight back-and-forth contest, two of his three field goals gave App State the lead at 10-9 in the second quarter and then at 23-21 in the fourth. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2021 K Chandler StatonAppalachian State
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  NOV 16 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Marco Jackson, App State,...Inside linebacker D'Marco Jackson was all over the field in App State's 17-13 win against Georgia State, racking up a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss with nine tackles, a sack, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. He also recovered a first-quarter fumble that set up the Mountaineers' first score of the game. His third-down PBU in the fourth quarter forced a Panther punt that preceded App State's game-winning touchdown drive. Jackson helped App State hold the Sun Belt's second-leading offense (36.7 scoring average entering the game) to 13 points and just three in the second half. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#39 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB DMarco JacksonAppalachian State
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  Camerun Peoples scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with just under five minutes remaining as Appalachian State came from behind for a 17-13 win, foiling an upset bid by Georgia State in a bruising game on Saturday. Peoples dragged safety Chris Moore with him over the goal line. The Mountaineers (6-1, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) lost quarterback Zac Thomas to injury when he was tackled while scrambling out of bounds during the game-winning drive. Jacob Huesman came off the sidelines, promptly hit Peoples with a screen pass for 12 yards and finished an 11-play, 77-yard drive for App State's first lead of the game. Georgia State (3-4, 2-4) took the opening kick 75 yards in 13 plays and grabbed a 7-0 lead when Cornelious Brown IV tossed a 19-yard pass to Sam Pinckney. Georgia State led 10-3 at halftime, outgaining the Mountaineers 211 yards to 89. - AP College Football

(DS#35 RB) rSo/2023 RB Camerun PeoplesAppalachian State
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  Zac Thomas threw for three touchdowns, Daetrich Harrington ran for 113 yards and Appalachian State pulled away from Texas State for a 38-17 win on Saturday. It's the seventh straight season in which Appalachian State has put together a four-game win streak. Tyler Vitt put the Bobcats on the scoreboard first when he threw a 75-yard touchdown catch-and-run to Javen Banks just 44 seconds into the game. The Mountaineers (5-1, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) responded with a seven-play, 72-yard scoring drive that ended with Thomas throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Miller Gibbs. With 64 seconds left before the end of the first quarter, Brendan Harrington picked off Vitt, returned it 49 yards for the score and App State never trailed again. Vitt threw for a pair of touchdowns but was intercepted twice. Jahmyl Jeter had 135 yards rushing on 11 carries for Texas State (1-8, 1-4). - AP College Football

(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zac ThomasAppalachian State
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  After some issues securing the football, Marcus Williams Jr. put together a flawless performance. The senior running back had 103 yards, a total that included his 48-yard touchdown on which he split through a big hole then shook off tackles. Williams had a 39-yard run against Arkansas State a week ago. What looked like a breakaway touchdown became a turnover as a defender knocked the ball loose from behind. And in the season opener against Charlotte on Sept. 12, Williams Jr. lost the ball on a run in front of the end zone. Clark said Williams refocused his efforts this week on protecting the football. "He had a great week of practice, and that's what I told him," Clark said. "I said you're not practicing like you have in the past and it's showing up on the field. And he came back and really busted his tail this week. "I'm so proud of the way he came back and responded." - Winston-Salem Journal

(DS#45 RB) Sr/2021 RB Marcus Williams Jr.Appalachian State
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  OCT 26 SUN BELT CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Zac Thomas, App State,...Zac Thomas accounted for a career high-tying five touchdowns in leading the Mountaineers to a 45-17 Sun Belt-opening win against Arkansas State. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 216 yards and a career high-tying four touchdowns, while rushing for a career-high 82 yards and another score on the ground. With top receiver Thomas Hennigan limited and another starter, Jalen Virgil, out due to injury, Thomas spread the ball around to seven different receivers.

Up 31-17 late in the third quarter and facing a third-and-14 scenario that would put the Red Wolves in position to get the ball back, Thomas sprinted up the middle for a big gain, made a hard right cut and stayed in bounds along the sideline before making a Superman-style dive into the front-right pylon for a 60-yard score to put App State ahead by 21 again. Thomas won his 26th game in 30 tries as App State's starting QB. His 26 wins rank No. 2 among active FBS quarterbacks. - Sun Belt Football


(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zac ThomasAppalachian State
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  Zac Thomas tied a career high with four passing touchdowns and he added a 60-yard rushing score to lead Appalachian State past Arkansas State 45-17 on Thursday night. Appalachian State scored 24 unanswered points in the first half to take a 31-7 lead at halftime. Thomas connected with freshman Christian Wells for a 46-yard score and Daetrich Harrington rushed for a 55-yard TD. Thomas also had passing touchdowns of 5, 16, and 20 yards. Thomas' TD run was two yards short of tying the longest run of his career, set in 2018 against Arkansas State.

Harrington carried it 18 times for 137 yards and a touchdown for Appalachian State (3-1, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference). Malik Williams made six catches for 78 yards and a TD, and Wells scored on both of his receptions. Appalachian State's defense had two interceptions and six sacks. Logan Bonner was 13-of-25 passing for 117 yards and Layne Hatcher added 178 yards on nine completions for Arkansas State (3-3, 1-2). Freshman Lincoln Pare rushed for a 48-yard touchdown to pull the Red Wolves to 31-17 with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter. - AP College Football


(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zac ThomasAppalachian State
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  09/29/20 - Nate NoelFr/2024, Appalachian State, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  No underclassmen shined brighter than Nate Noel. Normally the true freshman isn't even on the depth chart, sitting behind seasoned running backs Daetrich Harrington, Cam Peoples and Marcus Williams Jr. But with Peoples and Williams out, Noel became Harrington's primary backup. Noel took his first career carry late in the first quarter. He took his third for 17 yards. By the third quarter, he scored his first App State touchdown as the Mountaineers pushed the game out of reach. The Miami native, who went to the same high school (Northwestern) as defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor, finished with 131 yards on 14 carries. "I think Nate just shocked college football," said Zac Thomas, App State's starting quarterback. "He came out here and played his heart out." After the game, Clark made a comparison other coaches have mentioned. He said Noel has the speed and smarts comparable to Darrynton Evans, who left App State as a junior to become a third-round pick in this year's NFL draft. "Nate Noel, he's a dynamite player. Nate can take it the distance," Clark said. "And the more he plays, the better he'll be." - Winston-Salem Journal

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB Nate NoelAppalachian State
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  SEPT 28 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Daetrich Harrington, App State,...Taking over primary ball-carrying duties with several teammates inactive, Daetrich Harrington made the most of his opportunity with career highs in rushing yards (211), attempts (32), touchdowns (4) and longest rush (40) to lead App State to a 52-21 win against Campbell. He's the first Sun Belt player this year with a 200-yard game and the first with a four-touchdown effort. His four rushing touchdowns were the most in a game by an App State player since legendary QB Armanti Edwards in 2009. Harrington's first two scores were at key first-half moments, tying the game at 7-7 in the first quarter and then giving the Mountaineers their first lead of the game at 17-13 in the second. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Daetrich HarringtonAppalachian State
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  Daetrich Harrington had career highs of 32 carries for 211 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-21 win over Campbell, the most by an Appalachian State player since 2009. App State was missing 18 players who were quarantining because of exposure to COVID-19 and had to lean on Harrington. He led a rushing attack that totaled 404 yards. Harrington joined Ulysses Bentley II of SMU as 200-yard rushers this season. - AP College Football

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Daetrich HarringtonAppalachian State
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  09/28/20 - Nate NoelFr/2024, Appalachian State, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Appalachian State beat Campbell 52-21 on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The win pushes the Mountaineers' record to 2-1 and completes their non-conference schedule. App State navigated a shorthanded sideline for the victory. The Mountaineers were missing 18 players because of contact tracing to one of the three active COVID-19 cases in the football program. They were also without three assistant coaches: special teams coordinator and running backs coach Brian Haines, tight ends coach Justin Watts and wide receivers coach Pat Washington. App State leaned on some major spot contributors, as well as many other new faces. Freshmen such as outside linebacker Jalen McLeod, running back Nate Noel (who rushed for 131 yards and a score) and tight end Eli Wilson played for the first time in their App State careers. - Winston-Salem Journal

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB Nate NoelAppalachian State
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  Daetrich Harrington rushed for career highs of 211 yards and four touchdowns and depleted Appalachian State beat Campbell 52-21 on Saturday. On Friday, Appalachian State (2-1) announced that three players had been confirmed with COVID-19 and, as a result, 18 other players were quarantining after contract tracing. Campbell (0-3), one of 17 FCS schools playing fall games, grabbed the lead for most of the first half before Harrington's second touchdown, a 2-yard run with 24 seconds left before the break, gave the Mountaineers a 17-13 lead. Those points came on the third of eight straight scoring drives. Harrington, a junior, already had 107 yards rushing by halftime with two scores. His four TDs were the most for the Mountaineers since Armanti Edwards had four against Furman in 2009. Nate Noel finished with 131 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. The Mountaineers rushed for 404 of their 535 yards offense. - AP College Football

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Daetrich HarringtonAppalachian State
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  The season still has a long way to go, but Saturday was a good start. Peoples was one of three running backs featured in the 35-20 victory against Charlotte. But from the moment he touched the ball, on the Mountaineers' third offensive series, his carries were electric. He scored his touchdown and had five carries on the drive - three that were 10 yards or longer. He was the first running back to break the order, his number called again for the next series. He'd get two carries and get dinged up, heading to the locker room. He returned for more action in the second half. "I guess I'm the hot hand," Peoples remembered before cracking a joke. "...I was like wow hold up now, I gotta catch my breath."

App State coach Shawn Clark said during his weekly press conference that Peoples would continue to be evaluated throughout the week. While Peoples spoke on Monday, an unexpected figure crashed his interview. Nic Cardwell, App State's offensive line coach, busted in to shout a few sentences. "He's thinking he's going to take it to the house," Cardwell shouted. "He's going all the way, as soon as he touches the rock, baby." And as Peoples reflected on his path from Lineville, Ala., to Boone, he hopes that will be the first of many more touchdowns. "I feel like I've always been kind of overlooked, and I feel like a lot of guys here can relate to that, which I think that's what makes this team so special," Peoples said. "It's that we all play with a chip on our shoulder. We all play like we got something to prove." - Winston-Salem Journal


(DS#35 RB) rSo/2023 RB Camerun PeoplesAppalachian State
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  Daetrich Harrington had reason to be happy. The whole Appalachian State running backs group did. A combination of Harrington, Marcus Williams Jr. and Cam Peoples ran for 278 total rushing yards and four touchdowns on Saturday in a 35-20 victory against Charlotte. Harrington accounted for two of those scores, both in the fourth quarter to put the game away. And he grinned when talking about what that trio could accomplish together this season, running behind an offensive line featuring four returning starters. "We all got a chip on our shoulder," Harrington said. "They think since Darrynton (Evans)'s gone, we have nobody. We feel disrespected. So we're going to come out and show, prove to the whole Sun Belt and the whole world that we're a three-headed monster."

Since Evans departed for the NFL, App State coach Shawn Clark described a platoon-style system in the offensive backfield. The thinking was simple: the Mountaineers have three quality running backs, use them. And that's exactly what the team did against the 49ers. Williams played the first offensive series, followed by Harrington and Peoples on the following drives, respectively. Clark said it was an order pecked by seniority - Williams is a senior, Harrington a junior and Peoples is a sophomore. Harrington had 15 carries, Williams 14 and Peoples 13. - Winston-Salem Journal


(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Daetrich HarringtonAppalachian State
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  No one represented the defensive surge more than Shemar Jean-Charles, who had four pass breakups and helped blanket Charlotte all-conference wide receiver Victor Tucker. Tucker had one reception and nine yards. Jean-Charles was part of a unit that forced two interceptions, by Brendan Harrington and Kaiden Smith, respectively, and held Charlotte to 89 total yards in the second half. App State outgained Charlotte in yardage, 512 to 286. 49ers quarterback Chris Reynolds went 11 for 30. It's also worth noting that of Charlotte's two chunk passing plays of the second half (plays of 15 yards or more), both came in the 49ers' first drive of the third quarter. The offensive unit didn't score in the second half, with Charlotte's 10 second-half points coming from a field goal and a kickoff return. Jean-Charles said a lot of time was spent reviewing the 56-41 victory last season, where Reynolds threw four touchdowns in the second half. Much like they did in Saturday's game, Jean-Charles said the defense, and the team, didn't let something in the past linger. "We tried to attack their scheme a little different than how we tried to approach it last year...For the most part we were able to bend but not break in the secondary and limit those explosive plays. "Just made those right adjustments." - Winston-Salem Journal

(DS#48 CB) rSr/2021 CB Shemar Jean-CharlesAppalachian State
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