Wolfpack Holds Scrimmage No. 2
By Tony Haynes
“It’s nothing serious,” Amato said of
In two weeks of course, the Pack will be playing for real when Appalachian State’s defending Division 1-AA champs come to a sold-out Carter-Finley Stadium for the 2006 opener.
On Saturday afternoon, however, the stadium was empty for a scrimmage that lasted about two and a half hours.
Taking advantage of
“He’s really a good back,” Amato said. “It’s good to have somebody like him and he can go to a couple of spots to.”
Andre Brown doesn’t need to prove himself to anybody, but still had his typical production, getting 10 carried for 84 yards.
Through the air, quarterback Marcus Stone connected on 8-of-18 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions, although one of the picks came after the ball that went in and out of the hands of his intended receiver.
“Marcus moved the team and he really played smart,” said Amato. “He has good control of the team and the team has a lot of faith in him.”
Amato also praised the efforts of backup quarterback Daniel Evans, who completed 13-of-19 passes for 156 yards.
After putting up big numbers in last week’s scrimmage, freshman Justin Burke went against some tougher competition on Saturday and his stats weren’t as impressive. The rookie from
“Justin saw a different defense this week than he did last week,” Amato said. “Last week he was going against the threes. This week he was going against the ones and it was a lot different. But that’s good. He’s got a bright future in front of him.”
Leading the wide receiver corps on Saturday was another freshman. Donald Bowens continued an impressive camp by snagging four passes for 88 yards.
On defense, starting middle linebacker Pat Lowry was credited with six tackles and a sack, while defensive end Willie Young also had six tackles and two sacks.
“It was a longer scrimmage,” Amato said. “The ones did what they were supposed to. The one offense scored every time they were out there against the two defense. The one defense stopped the two offense. It’s supposed to be that way.”