Appalachian State Mountaineers

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Appalachian State senior DL Nate Norwood fell off from a +16.0 PFF grade in 2014 to +2.4 last year.

In the final four games of 2014, Norwood's grade of +13.9 was higher than the same-span grades of DeForest Buckner, Jarran Reed and Vernon Butler. In contrast, Norwood fell apart down the stretch last year with a -3.7 grade over the last six games. Norwood's missed tackles doubled last year and he posted fewer pressures.
May 16 - 8:40 PM

Jets signed Appalachian State CB Doug Middleton.

Middleton (6'0/209) was a two-plus-year starter for the Mountaineers, earning first-team All-Sun Belt as a junior but slipping to honorable mention as a senior. Although his final college season was a disappointment, Middleton bounced back with an eye-catching Pro Day, blazing 4.5-flat with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-11 broad jump. An NFL-level athlete with experience at cornerback and safety, Middleton offers some upside as a flyer prospect.
May 3 - 8:55 PM

49ers selected Appalachian State DE Ronald Blair with the No. 142 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Blair (6'2/284) was one of the best defensive linemen in Sun Belt Conference history, spreading 53.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks across 51 starts. He earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. Blair's Combine performance was less impressive, running 5.15 with a 30-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Blair's athletic limitations may prevent him from becoming a dominant NFL edge rusher, but he offers an intriguing blend of power moves, short-area explosion, and versatility. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has compared Blair to a poor man's Everson Griffen.
Apr 30 - 2:20 PM

Pro Football Focus writer Mike Renner noted that Appalachian State C Jesse Chapman is "one of the most athletic centers in the class."

"[Chapman's] spring off the snap is unparalleled in this class," Renner wrote, "and he accompanies it with a top-notch ability to reset his hands and regain control of blocks on the move." By PFF metrics, he graded out as the best in show when it came to outside zone runs. Alas, not every aspect of his game shines so brightly. Renner referred to the 6-foot-1, 280-pounder as "far too small" for the majority of NFL schemes and pointed out that he was "basically untested in pass protection in Appalachian State’s scheme."
Apr 16 - 3:32 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Appalachian State DE Ronald Blair as the No. 45 prospect in the draft.

"Blair is extremely explosive and stout on the edge, but then uses a slightly different skill set when moved inside on some sub-package situations," Norris wrote. "He had a number of great games, including against Clemson." We like Blair a whole lot more than NFL Media Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein, who recently dismissed Blair as an "undersized, rotational base end in a 4-3 who might be able to add extra weight and get a look inside as a three-technique thanks to his toughness and strength." Blair won the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year award last year after posting 70 tackles, 19 TFL and 7.5 sacks.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 23 - 3:41 PM

Appalachian State DE Ronald Blair is an "undersized, rotational base end in a 4-3 who might be able to add extra weight and get a look inside as a three-technique thanks to his toughness and strength," writes NFL Media Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He doesn't have the ability as a pass rusher to excite NFL teams, but his strength at the point of attack and quality tape against Clemson this past season should not be discounted," Zierlein wrote. Zierlein likes his polish, leverage, power and quickness. He doesn't like his frame, agility, athleticism and "bad weight" around the gut. The reigning Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year posted 70 tackles, 19 TFL and 7.5 sacks in 2015. Interestingly, both CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and Rotoworld's Josh Norris consider him a top-50 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 4:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and Rotoworld's Josh Norris both consider Appalachian State DL Ronald Blair a top 50 prospect.

Blair had to drop out of the East West Shrine Game due to a minor injury suffered during training, and hopefully he will be ready for the Combine. Norris placed Blair as the No. 49 prospect in his latest rankings, and Brugler followed up last night by saying Blair is a top 40 talent. The Appalachian State defender plays on the edge and inside depending on the situation, and produced an outstanding game against Clemson. Expect to hear Blair's name from others as the process goes along.
Feb 12 - 11:38 AM

Appalachian State K Zach Matics accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Matics made just 1-of-5 kicks in 2014, as he dealt with injuries and simple inconsistency. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound thumper found himself in spring practice and used that momentum to post a strong 2015 campaign. This past season, he connected on 14-of-17 boots. One caveat on our kicker friend: While he showed nice accuracy this past season, he did not connect on a kick longer than 29 yards. He was 0-for-2 on tries over 30 yards.
Jan 19 - 9:27 PM

App State senior DL Ronald Blair has pulled out of the East West Shrine Game due to an injury sustained during training.

Blair would have been Josh Norris' top ranked prospect at the Shrine Game. Blair calls the setback/injury "minor" and his "main focus is on to the combine." The defensive lineman wins outside and inside, showing good athleticism, length and strength. The Mountaineers allowed him to play in a variety of alignments, and he seemingly had success at all of them. This could have been a platform for Blair to propel his evaluation, but that will have to wait until the Combine.
Jan 15 - 10:04 PM

Appalachian State senior DB Doug Middleton has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Middleton recorded 53 tackles this past season, though he also failed to intercept a pass for the 2015 campaign. Over the summer, NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter praised the 6-foot, 200-pound senior's versatility and called his "read [and] recognition skills impressive." Versatile, indeed. Middleton's played at both free safety and corner in his time with the Mountaineers.
Jan 9 - 7:26 PM

Appalachian State senior T Davante Harris accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Harris, a 6-foot-6 left tackle who weighs in around 300 pounds, successfully protected quarterback Taylor Lamb’s blindside in a prolific offense, allowing only one sack all season. Harris boasted an 81-percent job grade and ranked third on squad with 55 knockdowns. Former NFL coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz will serve as head coaches again of an event that offers a week-long stage to perform in front of professional football scouts and front-office personnel. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl goes down on Jan. 23 and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 7 - 7:50 PM

Appalachian State sophomore QB Taylor Lamb completed 13-of-26 passes for 124 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 31-29 win over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

Lamb staked Appalachian State to an early 7-0 lead with a flashy 21-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Then, silence. The Mountaineers would trail 24-7 entering the fourth quarter before the 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore re-revved the offense with a pair of scoring tosses to tight end Barrett Burns. While his numbers on Saturday weren't mind-melting, he finishes the 2015 campaign having thrown for 2,387 yards with a strong 31/9 TD/INT ratio. Lamb threw at least two touchdown passes in 10 of his 13 games.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 10:27:00 PM

Appalachian State junior TE Barrett Burns caught three passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 31-29 win over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

Burns entered the game having caught just 12 passes for 131 yards and six touchdowns, but he came up huge in the fourth quarter to help the Mountaineers overcome a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit. Both of his touchdowns on the afternoon came in that final quarter, as he hauled in scores of 17 and eight yards. The latter touchdown boosted Appalachian State to a 28-24 lead. Ohio would score on a safety and field goal to regain the lead before Burns and friends drove the field for a game-winning 23-yard field goal off the leg of Zach Matics as time expired.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 09:51:00 PM

Appalachian State junior RB Marcus Cox rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Saturday's 31-29 win over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

Cox and the Mountaineers trailed 24-7 at the end of the third quarter, but the team came roaring back with 24 points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. For his part, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Cox scored on a 26-yard run with 13:10 remaining in the contest. On the touchdown, he angled the ball to the left before cutting down the sideline to outrun the hapless Ohio defense. With the 162 yards, he notched his eighth 100-yard rushing game for the 2015 campaign. He finishes out the season having rushed for 1,423 yards and nine touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 09:37:00 PM

Appalachian State freshman QB Daniel David will transfer.

David was graded as a three-star prospect in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports. Rivals had him as the nation’s No. 30 dual-threat quarterback. Taylor Lamb is coming off a heck of a season and is only a sophomore, so we're assuming David is searching for a clearer path onto the playing field.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 05:46:00 PM


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