App State Coach on AState

A late-season run has given the Appalachian State Mountaineers’ hope that their first year in FCS can end with a winning record. The Mountaineers (4-5, 3-2) have won three straight, all conference games, heading into contest at Arkansas State (6-3, 4-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Liberty defeated App State 55-48 in overtime. That was part of a 4-game losing streak that included setbacks to league foes Georgia Southern and South Alabama.

“There are a couple of things that happened for us,’’ said Coach Scott Satterfield. “We made a few lineup changes after that game there. Offensive line wise, adding a couple of guys there with Beau Nutt at right tackle and Cody Gossett at right guard, Parker Collins at left guard and on defense Latrell Gibbs at cornerback, Devan Stringer outside linebacker and Eric Boggs at inside linebacker.

“That is four true freshmen there. But we got some players on the field who we feel could make plays for us. And we have been practicing really, really hard. The last month gotten after it practices wise and prep been really good.

The Mountaineers’ losing streak started with a 21-20 setback at Southern Mississippi.

“The Southern Miss game was really close and then of course the Liberty game,’’ said Satterfield. “I think we were defensively frustrated and a little bit hurt by the fact that we gave up that many points.

But I think the thing that we talked about with this team is they are such a young team and they are so resilient. They just go out and practice so hard. The mental aspect of it does not faze them.

We just have gotten better and better as the season has gone on. I think we have gotten better just because we are working hard.”

Unlike league newcomer Georgia Southern, which did not have to play Arkansas State or UL-Lafayette, the Mountaineers get the league heavyweights on consecutive weekends.

“I think what we have done the last three games has given us a little confidence that we can compete against these teams. We will not shy away from these teams we are getting ready to play. If we continue to play hard, they know if they execute, fully execute and play and take care of the ball and do the things we have been coaching they have a great chance to win.

We are focusing on the fundamentals. And if we do that it will help the outcome.” “One of the big things what was hurting us was turnovers. We have 6 turnovers in the red zone and that really killed us early in the season. Running the football has really helped over the last month.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we focus on the Red Zone in practice."