2018 Appalachian State Mountaineers football
Sun Belt champion
Sun Belt East Division co-champion
New Orleans Bowl champion
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
DivisionEast Division
2018 record11–2 (7–1 Sun Belt)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorFrank Ponce (passing game; 6th season)
Shawn Clark (running game; 3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBryan Brown (1st season)
Home stadiumKidd Brewer Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Appalachian State xy$   7 1         11 2  
Troy x   7 1         10 3  
Georgia Southern   6 2         10 3  
Coastal Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Georgia State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Louisiana xy   5 3         7 7  
Arkansas State x   5 3         8 5  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         6 6  
South Alabama   2 6         3 9  
Texas State   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Appalachian State 30, Louisiana 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

The 2018 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team represented Appalachian State University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mountaineers were led by sixth-year head coach Scott Satterfield and played their home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium. They competed as a member of the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to be co-champions of the East Division with Troy. Due to their head-to-head win over Troy, they represented the East Division in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game where they defeated West Division champion Louisiana to become Sun Belt Champions for the third consecutive year and first time outright. They were invited to the New Orleans Bowl where they defeated Middle Tennessee.

On December 3, head coach Scott Satterfield resigned to become the head coach at Louisville.[1] He finished at Appalachian State with a six year record of 51–24. Defensive line coach Mark Ivey led the Mountaineers in the New Orleans Bowl.[2]

On December 13, Appalachian State hired North Carolina State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz as their new head coach.[3]

Previous season

The Mountaineers finished the 2017 season 9–4, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to earn a share of the Sun Belt championship for the second consecutive year.[4] They received an invite to the Dollar General Bowl where they defeated Toledo for the second consecutive year in a bowl game.[5][6]

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Maxwell Award[7] Jalin Moore RB SR
Doak Walker Award[8] Jalin Moore RB SR
John Mackey Award[9] Collin Reed TE JR
Jim Thorpe Award[10] Clifton Duck DB JR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[11] Tae Hayes CB SR
Wuerffel Trophy[12] MyQuon Stout DL SR

Sun Belt coaches poll

On July 19, 2018, the Sun Belt released their preseason coaches poll with the Mountaineers predicted to finish as champions of the East Division.[13]

East Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Appalachian State 46 (6)
2 Troy 44 (4)
3 Georgia State 26
4 Georgia Southern 22
5 Coastal Carolina 12

Preseason All-Sun Belt Teams

The Mountaineers had seven players selected to the preseason all-Sun Belt teams.[14] Defensive back Clifton Duck was selected as the preseason defensive player of the year.

Recruiting

The Mountaineers signed 24 recruits.

Roster

2018 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Zeb Speir Sr
WR 2 Corey Sutton So
RB, WR 3 Darrynton Evans So
WR 4 Dominique Heath
 Sr
WR 5 Thomas Hennigan So
RB 6 Camerun Peoples Fr
QB 7 Jacob Huesman So
QB 8 Stephon Brown Fr
QB 9 Jackson Gibbs
 Fr
QB 10 Tanner Wilson
 Fr
WR 11 Jalen Virgil So
QB 12 Zac Thomas So
QB 13 Peyton Derrick
 Fr
WR 14 Malik Williams So
WR 15 Mock Adams Jr
WR 17 Trevion McCollum
 So
WR 18 Brad Absher Sr
RB 19 Daetrich Harrington So
WR 20 A'Darius Purifoy So
WR 21 Dysaun Razzak Fr
RB 22 D'Andre Hicks
 Fr
RB 25 Jalin Moore Sr
RB 26 Marcus Williams, Jr. So
RB 27 DeMarcus Harper So
RB 34 Nakendrick Clark Jr
TE 35 Miller Gibbs Fr
OL 51 Baer Hunter So
OL 52 Tobias Edge−Campbell Sr
OL 55 Matt Williams So
OL 56 Nate Haskins So
OL 58 Ryan Neuzil So
OL 60 Noah Hannon So
OL 62 Weston Gillespie So
OL 63 Ivan Reyes So
OL 64 Will Hardin So
OL 65 Gage Blackston
 Fr
OL 67 Logan Wright So
OL 70 Cooper Hodges Fr
OL 73 Cole Garrison So
OL 74 Anderson Hardy Fr
OL 75 Victor Johnson Jr
OL 77 Josh Headlee Fr
OL 78 Chandler Greer Sr
OL 79 Luke Burnette Fr
WR 80 A. J. Hall Fr
WR 81 Braden Collins Fr
WR 82 Richard Tucker Fr
WR 83 Jake Henry
 Fr
TE 84 Mike Evans Jr
TE 84 Joe Hartung
 Fr
WR 85 Michael Queen So
TE 80 Trey Ross Fr
TE 87 Collin Reed Jr
TE 88 Henry Pearson Fr
TE 89 Devin Papenheim
 Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 4 Clifton Duck Jr
DB 6 Desmond Franklin Jr
DB 7 Josh Thomas Jr
DB 8 Shemar Jean-Charles So
DB 9 Austin Exford Sr
LB 10 Tim Frizzell So
DB 11 Jeremy Level So
DB 12 Steven Jones
 Fr
DB 13 Kaiden Smith So
DB 16 Shaun Jolly
 Fr
DB 17 Tae Hayes Sr
DB 19 Mike Price Fr
LB 20 Noel Cook Jr
DB 21 Ryan Huff
 Fr
LB 22 Jace Frisbee
 Fr
LB 24 Akeem Davis-Gaither Jr
DB 25 Kaleb Dawson Fr
LB 26 Matthew McQuinn
 Fr
DB 27 A. J. Beach Jr
LB 28 Jay Person Fr
LB 29 Devonte Harrison So
LB 30 Zareon Hayes Fr
LB 31 Nick Hampton Fr
LB 33 Jordan Mitchell Fr
DL 36 Brock Mattison Fr
LB 37 Tanner Ellenberger
 Fr
DB 39 Zion Madden Fr
LB 40 Logan Doublin Fr
DL 42 Harrison Taylor Fr
DL 43 Hansky Paillant Fr
LB 44 Anthony Flory Sr
LB 45 Trey Cobb Fr
DL 46 Chris Washington Fr
DL 47 Okon Godwin Sr
DL 48 Demetrius Taylor So
LB 49 Blythe Hall So
LB 50 Keaton Forbes Fr
LB 51 Tyler Bird Fr
LB 52 D'Marco Jackson
 Fr
DL 54 Jermaine McDaniel Jr.
 Fr
DL 57 Elijah Diarrassouba So
LB 59 Jordan Fehr Jr
DL 66 Will Israel
 Fr
DL 68 Brody Barrett Jr
DL 88 Cameron Pack So
DL 89 Dorian Pickett Fr
DL 90 Chris Willis So
DL 91 Tommy Dawkins So
DL 92 MyQuon Stout Sr
DL 94 Josh Houser Jr
DL 95 George Blackstock
 Fr
DL 96 Markell Clark So
DL 97 Caleb Spurlin So
DL 98 E. J. Scott Jr
DL 99 Jordon Earle Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 29 John Gliarmis Fr
P 30 Clayton Howell
 Fr
P 39 Xavier Subotsch So
K 41 Michael Rubino Jr
LS 53 Max Durshlag Fr
K 91 Chandler Staton So
LS 93 Elias McMurry Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Bryan Brown (Defensive Coordinator / Cornerbacks)
  • Shawn Clark (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line)
  • Dale Jones (Co-Defensive Coordinator / Inside Linebackers)
  • Frank Ponce (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Mark Ivey (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line)
  • Nic Cardwell (Tight Ends)
  • Greg Gasparato (Safeties)
  • Stu Holt (Running Backs / Special Teams)
  • D. J. Smith (Outside Linebackers)
  • Justin Watts (Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 17, 2018

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13:30 p.m.at No. 10 Penn State*BTNL 38–45 OT105,232
September 86:00 p.m.at Charlotte*ESPN+W 45–919,151
September 153:30 p.m.Southern Miss*ESPN+ Cancelled [a]
September 223:30 p.m.Gardner–Webb*
  • Kidd Brewer Stadium
  • Boone, NC
ESPN+W 72–721,084
September 293:30 p.m.South Alabamadagger
  • Kidd Brewer Stadium
  • Boone, NC
ESPN+W 52–725,862
October 98:00 p.m.at Arkansas StateESPN2W 35–921,421
October 203:30 p.m.Louisiana
  • Kidd Brewer Stadium
  • Boone, NC
ESPN+W 27–1727,082
October 257:30 p.m.at Georgia SouthernNo. 25ESPNUL 14–3419,252
November 35:00 p.m.at Coastal CarolinaESPN+W 23–713,004
November 104:00 p.m.at Texas StateESPN3W 38–711,482
November 172:30 p.m.Georgia State
  • Kidd Brewer Stadium
  • Boone, NC
ESPN+W 45–1722,315
November 242:30 p.m.Troy
  • Kidd Brewer Stadium
  • Boone, NC
ESPN+W 21–1020,410
December 1NoonLouisiana
ESPNW 30–1914,963
December 159:00 p.m.vs. Middle Tennessee*ESPNW 45–1323,942
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
  1. ^ This game was canceled because of Hurricane Florence.

Game summaries

at Penn State

See also: 2018 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

Appalachian State at Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Appalachian State 10 0 028038
No. 10 Penn State 7 3 1414745

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

at Charlotte

See also: 2018 Charlotte 49ers football team

Appalachian State at Charlotte – Game summary
1 2 34Total
App State 10 14 71445
Charlotte 0 9 009

at Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: September 8
  • Game time: 6:04 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 90 °F (32 °C); Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 19,151
  • Referee: Stephen LaManti
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Bobby Rosinski, Jay Sonnhalter, Libby Clark
  • AppStateSports.com Box Score
Game information

Gardner–Webb

See also: 2018 Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs football team

Gardner–Webb at Appalachian State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Gardner–Webb 7 0 007
App State 28 24 14672

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 3:35 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C); Mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 21,084
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Harrison Battle, Pierre Banks
  • AppStateSports.com Box Score
Game information

South Alabama

See also: 2018 South Alabama Jaguars football team

South Alabama at Appalachian State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Alabama 7 0 007
App State 21 21 3752

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina

Game information

at Arkansas State

See also: 2018 Arkansas State Red Wolves football team

Appalachian State at Arkansas State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
App State 0 21 7735
Arkansas State 3 6 009

at Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

Game information

Louisiana

See also: 2018 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team

Louisiana at Appalachian State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Louisiana 7 3 0717
App State 7 10 7327

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 3:35 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C); partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 27,082
  • Referee: Kyle Olson
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Harrison Battle, Pierre Banks
  • AppStateSports.com Box Score
Game information

at Georgia Southern

See also: 2018 Georgia Southern Eagles football team and Appalachian State–Georgia Southern football rivalry

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 25 App State 0 7 0714
Georgia Southern 0 17 10734

at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, Georgia

Game information

at Coastal Carolina

See also: 2018 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team

Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina – Game summary
1 2 34Total
App State 7 7 0923
Coastal Carolina 7 0 007

at Brooks Stadium, Conway, South Carolina

Game information

at Texas State

See also: 2018 Texas State Bobcats football team

Appalachian State at Texas State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
App State 7 14 71038
Texas State 0 0 707

at Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, Texas

Game information

Georgia State

See also: 2018 Georgia State Panthers football team

Georgia State at Appalachian State– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Georgia State 7 0 3717
App State 14 3 141445

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina

Game information

Troy

See also: 2018 Troy Trojans football team

Troy at Appalachian State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Troy 0 3 7010
App State 7 14 0021

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina

Game information

Louisiana (Sun Belt Championship Game)

See also: 2018 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team and 2018 Sun Belt Conference Football Championship Game

Louisiana at Appalachian State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Louisiana 3 3 10319
App State 7 7 61030

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina

Game information

vs. Middle Tennessee (New Orleans Bowl)

See also: 2018 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team and 2018 New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Middle Tennessee 3 3 7013
App State 0 24 14745

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 23,942
  • TV: ESPN
Game information

Rankings

Further information: 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV RV RV RV RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

References

  1. ^ https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/12/03/louisville-hire-scott-satterfield-new-head-football-coach-appalachian-state
  2. ^ https://247sports.com/college/appalachian-state/Article/MARK-IVEY-NAMED-APP-STATE-INTERIM-HEAD-COACH-125881811/
  3. ^ Joyce, Ethan (December 13, 2018). "App State hires N.C. State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz as head football coach". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Appalachian State, Troy share Sun Belt championship". CollegeFootballTalk. 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  5. ^ "Appalachian State dominates Toledo in Dollar General Bowl shutout". AL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  6. ^ "Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets Live Score and Stats - December 23, 2017 Gametracker". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  7. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Names 2018 Preseason Watchlist". July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List". July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  13. ^ http://sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/18/mountaineers-red-wolves-selected-as-division-favorites-in-2018-sun-belt-football-coaches-preseason-poll.aspx
  14. ^ http://www.sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/20/sun-belt-announces-2018-preseason-all-conference-football-teams.aspx