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Marshall brings the thunder, defeats No. 23 App State 17-7

Marshall brings the thunder, defeats No. 23 App State 17-7

Moss Brennan and Silas Albright

September 19, 2020

In a low-scoring affair plagued by penalties and mistakes, the Marshall Thundering Herd was too much for the No. 23 Mountaineers, who lost 17-7 Saturday afternoon in Huntington, West Virginia.  “I’m proud of the way we competed, but again, we can’t shoot (ourselves) in the foot,” head coach Sha...

“Tremendously disappointing:” App State men’s tennis program cut

Former App State men’s tennis players Milo Bargeron (left) and Zion Heaven (right) fist bump during a match. The App State men's tennis program, along with men's soccer and men's indoor track and field, were discontinued because of budget cuts due to the pandemic.

Sasha Pisareva

September 17, 2020

App State Athletics announced May 26 that it was cutting several sports, including men's tennis, due to the financial difficulties caused by COVID-19.  “The whole situation was tremendously disappointing,” said Jack Maddocks, a former player and assistant coach. The program was discontinued i...

Five takeaways from App State’s season opening 35-20 win vs. Charlotte

App State senior captain and QB Zac Thomas makes a throw during App State's season-opening 35-20 win over Charlotte Sept. 12 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Cameron Burnett, Reporter

September 14, 2020

1. App State’s ‘Legion of Boone’ secondary looks reloaded Coming into this season, both senior cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles and junior cornerback Shaun Jolly were preseason All-Sun Belt players according to league coaches and Athlon. They lived up to the hype in their first game of the se...

App State DC Dale Jones back in Boone for 24th season

App State defensive coordinator Dale Jones celebrates the Mountaineers 2018 Sun Belt Championship win over Louisiana with an embrace. After spending 2019 at Louisville on former App State head coach Scott Satterfield's staff, Jones is back in Boone for his 24th year with the Mountaineers.

Cameron Burnett, Reporter

September 14, 2020

Defensive coordinator Dale Jones has been part of the Appalachian community for a long time and returned to App State’s staff after spending 2019 with Louisville under former App State head coach Scott Satterfield. Jones accepted Shawn Clark’s offer in January to return to Boone as the defensive c...

Diarrassouba leads Mountaineers: “When Soub speaks, everybody listens”

App State senior defensive end and captain Elijah Diarrassouba is a leader on and off the field. He helped organize and took the lead on speaking at the protest against racial injustice the team led thru Boone Aug. 28.

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

September 13, 2020

As the 2020 season gets going, uncertainty clouds all of college football. Conferences have canceled seasons, games will be played in empty stadiums, and many players have chosen to opt out of the season. Amid the madness, one constant remains in the App State locker room: the leadership of Elijah Diarra...

Mountaineers run past Charlotte 35-20 to open 2020

App State defeated Charlotte 35-20 in the opening game of the season at an empty Kidd Brewer Stadium Sept. 12. The Mountaineer offense rushed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

September 12, 2020

On a rainy, grey afternoon in an empty Kidd Brewer Stadium, App State rushed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 35-20 season-opening victory over Charlotte. “Great win for our program. Very proud of our guys today…We had the motto today (and) all camp: no excuses,” head coa...

App State offense anchored by experienced O-line in 2020

Four out of five starters on App State's offensive line were named to 2020 preseason all-Sun Belt teams. The line is anchored in the middle by four-year starting center Noah Hannon.

Joey Magnani

September 12, 2020

CApp State’s offensive line is an experienced group who will look to live up to lofty expectations in the 2020 season. Four of its five starters received preseason all-Sun Belt honors in Baer Hunter, Ryan Neuzil, Cooper Hodges, and recently named captain Noah Hannon. They know what is expected of them and what ...

QB1: Thomas leads App State into 2020 season

Heading into his 2020 senior season, App State QB Zac Thomas holds a 23-3 career record since being named QB1 before the Penn State season opener in 2018. Thomas takes the field before App State's game vs. Coastal Carolina on Sept. 28 last season.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

September 12, 2020

Since being named App State’s starting quarterback before the 2018 opener at No. 10 Penn State, senior Zac Thomas has very rarely experienced losing. He’s won 23 games for the Mountaineers and lost just three.  “Zac’s a guy who, no matter what, I’m glad that we have him as our quarterb...

Five nationally televised football games for App State in 2020

Members of the App State defense celebrate the victory against UAB at the New Orleans Bowl Dec. 21.

Alberto Daniel

September 11, 2020

With App State football drawing nearer, fans are buzzing with excitement. Five of the Mountaineers’ games this year are set to be nationally televised. The season-opening home game against Charlotte will air on ESPN2 at noon on Sept. 12th.  The Mountaineers non-conference game against Marsh...

App State football enters 2020 season with third coaching staff in three years

App State defensive coordinator Dale Jones is back for his 24th year on the Mountaineer staff. Jones is part of the third new coaching staff the football program has seen in the last three years.

Ben Brady, Reporter

September 11, 2020

After App State’s historic 2019 season, the football team is looking to a new coaching staff to be even more dominant this year. It’s the third new staff the Mountaineers have had in three years after Scott Satterfield left for Louisville after 2018 and Eliah Drinkwitz left for Mizzou after last year...

Breaking down each position group for App State football heading into 2020

Head football coach Shawn Clark hoists the New Orleans Bowl trophy after App State's 31-17 win over UAB on Dec. 21.

Silas Albright, Dan Davidson, Connor Davidson, Cameron Burnett, Joey Magnani, and Jayson James

September 11, 2020

Quarterbacks (by Dan Davidson):  Senior Zac Thomas returns to Boone to lead the Mountaineer offense as the starting quarterback. Thomas was named the preseason Sun Belt offensive player of the year, and has been named to five preseason award watch lists. The senior has racked up a 23-3 record as a start...

“I always knew what I could do:” Jolly looks to build on breakout 2019 season

Junior cornerback Shaun Jolly caught five interceptions in his breakout 2019 season. Now heading into 2020, Jolly has been named to six different preseason All-American teams.

Connor Davidson, Reporter

September 11, 2020

Coming into the 2019 App State football season, cornerback Shaun Jolly was not on many people’s radar. In 2018, Jolly only made one tackle the entire season and most of his playing time was on special teams.  Jolly flipped the script in 2019 and quickly became one of the best cornerbacks in the n...