2013 Preview: Legge's Look at Appalachian St.

ATHENS - Dean Legge's look at the 2013 Appalachian State Mountaineers.

Appalachian State
November 9, 2013
Sanford Stadium
First Meeting
Don't bother bringing up Appalachian State's famous win over Michigan a few years back. As it turns out half of the Wolverines were high – that's a pretty good explanation of why a team the caliber of Michigan lost to Appalachian State.

Nonetheless, we will hear that drumbeat the week of the game.

Georgia wins this one going away.

Eagle player to watch:
Jamal Jackson
6-3, 208
Jackson stepped in at starter in week six in 2011, and impressed everyone with his dual-threat ability. He was 5-2 at the helm his first year and 8-4 last year. Jackson was also a major factor in App State ranking ninth in total offense among IAA schools with an average of 464 offensive yards per game.

Jackson, who earned All-America nominations, returns for his senior season with much confidence. He threw for 3,278 yards and 21 touchdowns a year ago while efficiently completing 66 percent of his passes. Jackson also churned out 328 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, becoming quite the comparable threat to App State running back Steven Miller. Miller will also pose a threat to Georgia when App State visits Athens on Nov. 9. He has a Gurley-esque physique and runs with great power. Miller additionally is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, and did so 34 times last year for 377 yards and four touchdowns.

2013 Appalachian State Schedule

Aug 31 at Montana
Sep 07 North Carolina A&T
Sep 21 at Elon
Sep 28 Charleston Southern
Oct 05 at The Citadel
Oct 12 Samford
Oct 19 Furman
Oct 26 Georgia Southern
Nov 02 Chattanooga
Nov 09 at Georgia
Nov 16 at Wofford
Nov 23 Western Carolina

What the Dawgs must do:
Use this game as a glorified scrimmage, which it is. Beyond anything else: stay healthy.

Inside the numbers:
This is not the run-first team that upset Michigan. The Mountaineers are now under the direction of Scott Satterfield, who last year as offensive coordinator coached the first 3,000-yard passer in school history (Jamal Jackson). App State was ninth in the nation last year in passing efficiency and ninth in total offense (464.4 yards per game).

Last year's prediction (vs. Georgia Southern):

Use this game as a glorified scrimmage, which it is.

Georgia pounded Southern, and got ready for Georgia Tech's triple option. Neither program stood in the way of the Dawgs for long.

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