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Six Mountaineers sign with NFL teams post-draft

Zach Smith, Reporter | May 3, 2022

The 2022 NFL Draft saw the New Orleans Saints select standout linebacker D’Marco Jackson in the fifth round, but five other teams had eyes on former Mountaineers.   Demetrius Taylor, Detroit Lions — defensive end Defensive end Demetrius Taylor signed with the Detroit Lions shortly after the draft ended Saturday. He becomes one of four rookie defensive ends for the Lions, a group...

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Former App State LB selected by New Orleans Saints in NFL Draft

Drew Bailey, Reporter | May 1, 2022

Former App State linebacker D’Marco Jackson was selected Saturday by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the NFL Draft with the 161st pick. This marks the third-straight year a Mountaineer football player has been drafted.  “You keep waiting and waiting, my stomach was in knots, and then when I seen the call, it was just my, like, my stomach dropped and just a bunch of relief,” Jackson...

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Former App State LB sets sights on NFL Draft

Kurt Zottl, Reporter | April 26, 2022

A two-star recruit out of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and former App State linebacker arrived on campus in 2017 as a redshirt freshman. The year prior in 2016, the Mountaineer defense ranked 11th in total defense, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and an LB by the name of D’Marco Jackson was looking to add to that.  While Jackson didn’t see any action on the field...

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Mountaineer runners tally 18 top-10 finishes at War Eagle Invitational

Drew Bailey, Reporter | April 19, 2022

App State track traveled down south to Auburn University for the War Eagle Invitational April 15-16. While the team did not record a podium finish, it was able to record 18 top 10 finishes.  On Friday, sophomore Ben Datte logged a new personal record in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a 9:37.1-minute time. Freshman Jackson Nichols was hot on his tail and finished in ninth place with a...

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App State football looks to transfer portal for veteran starters

Cameron Burnett, Associate Sports Editor | April 18, 2022

With 13 starters leaving, App State football went on the recruiting trail in the transfer portal April 10-11, bringing in veteran talent on both sides of the ball.  A total of over 3,000 players in the transfer portal during this cycle led the Mountaineers to bolster the roster. The first came Sunday, bringing in a quarterback from the Sun Belt. With quarterback Chase Brice entering his final...

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‘About the fight’: One Mountaineer’s leadership and success

Alex McCaskey, Reporter | April 15, 2022

After five seasons of college basketball and three seasons with the Mountaineers, one player leaves a legacy, emerging as a team leader and nominee for many accolades. Fifth-year senior forward Michaela Porter began playing basketball when she was in elementary school. Her start in basketball came with the developmental league her father ran on Mondays and Wednesdays, but prior to playing basketball,...

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