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10 Question Facing Appy in 2013


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1. Are Armanti Edwards’ passing records in jeopardy?

Edwards’ career total of 10,392 yards is safe, but preseason SoCon player of the year Jamal Londry-Jackson came within 13 yards of Edwards’ single-season record (3,291 yards) last year and needs 2,336 yards this season to move into second all-time at the school. Londry-Jackson has passed for 5,423 yards in just 19 starts at ASU.

2. Do the Mountaineers have the best receiving tandem in the FCS?

It’d be hard to find a better pair. Sophomore Sean Price, at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, shattered national freshmen records last year with 81 catches for 1,196 yards and eight touchdowns, and even missed two games. He and senior Tony Washington (39 catches, 472 yards in 2012) are preseason All-Americans. Senior Andrew Peacock (79 catches, 795 yards) is a preseason all-conference pick.

3. Who is going to run the ball?

The top candidate right now is sophomore Ricky Fergerson, who had just five carries last season. He’ll be challenged by a number of guys, including redshirt freshman Paul Magloire.

4. How quickly can the team adjust to new defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s 3-4 scheme?

It might take some time. Woody said he’s focusing on being a quicker defense and asked a number of players to lose considerable weight during the offseason.

5. What positions pose the biggest question marks?

Besides running back, linebacker might be the team’s biggest question mark. Three players who’ve combined for six career starts provide the experience at linebacker, so new players will have to emerge in the new scheme. One of them is expected to be Patrick Blalock, who started all 12 games last year at safety. Big things are expected from redshirt freshman John Law.

6. With co-offensive coordinators in Dwayne Ledford and Frank Ponce, who will call the plays?

Neither. Coach Scott Satterfield, a longtime offensive coordinator, will still call the plays for the Mountaineers, only now it’ll be from the sidelines and not from the press box.

7. What’s different between Satterfield and former coach Jerry Moore?

Players say Moore was quiet and left a lot of the motivating to the players. They say it’s not that way with Satterfield. Most common word used to describe the new coach: Intense.

8. What’s with the team motto this year, Always Attack?

Last year, the Mountaineers ranked in the top 25 nationally in total offense (ninth, 464 yards per game), and scoring (23rd, 32.9 points per game) but with 10 of 11 starters returning, look for them to be in Attack Mode a lot of the time. Same goes for the 3-4 defense that Woody brought from Wofford, where it produced nine All-Americans and three SoCon players of the year during his tenure. Aggressiveness and intensity will be the goal of both units.

9. How does it feel to be in the last go-round against SoCon foes?

“We can’t win a championship, but we can win every Southern Conference game we play,” Londry-Jackson said.

10. Is it hard not to look ahead to 2014, playing in an FBS conference?

“I can’t wait to get to DI football,” Price said. “A lot of us dreamed of that. That’s why we play. But we have to focus on this year first.”

Denny Seitz

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