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Wyoming football: An early look at Appalachian State

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What does newly minted FBS team Appalachian State bring to the table when they take on Wyoming?

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Appalachian State Mountaineers

Head coach: Scott Satterfield, 11-13 (2 years)

Offensive coordinator: Dwayne Ledford, Frank Ponce

Defensive coordinator: Nate Woody

Conference: Sun Belt

Schedule Game: October 3rd, 2015

Pre-season All Sun Belt team members:

C Jesse Chapman
FS Doug Middleton
LB MIKE John Law
DE Ronald Blair
Players to watch:
QB Taylor Lamb
DE Ronald Blair

In an interview on WFNZ 610 AM, Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said that he has addressed a lot of areas with this years' recruiting class but says that ultimately:

"You gotta get speed. You have to. Especially on the defensive side of the football."

Well, Appalachian State has speed, experience and mental toughness. This game will be a challenge for the Wyoming Cowboys. The Mountaineers are entering into their 3rd season of FBS level competition, so the program is not much longer-in-tooth when it comes to experience against FBS athletes than Coach Boh.. 

Like Bohl, the App State program is used to winning. In 2014 App State returns 20 out of 22 starters from last years 7-5 team. The hard nosed Wyoming coaching staff must admire the makeup of this Mountaineer team. 2014 was a truly remarkable 7 win season: Opening at a dismal 1-5, but following up a hard-to-swallow-overtime-defeat to Liberty with 6 straight victories to end the year. It was #CowboyTough.

Defensively, there are  three key returning starters in FS Doug Middleton, LB Mike John Law, and DE Ronald Blair. Each was an All conference performer. Middleton led the team in Interceptions with 4 and is the quarterback of a seasoned defensive backfield. Ronald Blaire is on the radar of professional scouts and can be a very disruptive force. Mike John Law stopped plenty of speeding running backs last year en route to All Sun Belt honors. 

Coach Scott Satterfield is at the wheel of an offense that learned to play up tempo, smash mouth football mid-way through 2014. With 4 out of 5 starters on the OL returning, this should not be a lesson that App State players forget. Anchored by C Jesse Chapman, the rushing attack will probably be improved.

RB Marcus Cox (1,415 yds) will benefit from added depth at the running back position with the promising youngsters Josh Boyd and Jalin Moore ready to pound the rock. This all gives the 2014 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year QB Taylor Lamb a lot to work with. Four returning WRs provide continuity, experience on the OL provides a nice base, and Lamb's athleticism and arm make for a potent offensive unit