Mountaineer Momentum: App State building on big season

CHARLOTTE, NC (WCCB Charlotte) — Appalachian State football coach Scott Satterfield is giddy about his football team.

It’s not out of the ordinary for college coaches to be excited about what their building –especially for Satterfield’s Mountaineers who are on the heels of an 11-2 season capped with a dramatic 31-29 Camellia Bowl victory.

But what could be boosting the buzz for the third year head coach is the fact that the success is coming at college football’s highest level.

“There’s a tremendous amount of build up from last season,” Satterfield said at his satellite camp at Charlotte Latin High School last month. “It will set us up for the future.”

Before he could start his next sentence, Satterfield quipped.

“Because it’s always about recruiting.”

He joked but with a strong hint of truth.

The 2015 Appalachian State football team proved they belong–something that the thousands of fans who pack Kidd Brewer Stadiums on Saturdays already knew. But taking the next step is what Satterfield is selling and he believes this year’s team is well-built to continue the momentum.

The team returns 15-starters including nine on a top-15 ranked defense. The offense returns key play-makers at the skill positions.

“Taylor Lamb is our starting quarterback, he broke the school record for touchdown passes last year,” Satterfield said. “Marcus Cox is our returning running back and he’s on pace to set the school record in rushing yards.”

“We have great chemistry. They are fighters. They put on a good show on Saturday afternoon. We are excited about our team.”

As exciting as the makeup of the team currently is, the Mountaineers will be tested during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Appalachian State opens on the road at a SEC opponent, Tennessee. Two weeks later Appalachian State hosts Miami (Fla.) in a nationally-televised game that will certainly be the biggest opponent to come to Boone.

Excitement–it’s a feeling that encompasses a lot of college football programs in July and August.

Satterfield and App State hope that feeling can stick around into November and December.