Tuesday, September 23, 2008

App redshirts will depend on situation

Both running back Devon Moore (ankle injury) and defensive end Tony Robertson (foot) will probably be red-shirted, Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore said on his weekly conference call this morning. Both players were hurt in the Mountaineers' 35-32 loss at James Madison Saturday night. Each is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks.

"A lot of it depends on how we're doing when they're ready to come back, what the circumstances are," said Moore.

He believes Appalachian has good depth at both positions. Moore will be replaced at RB by Robert Welton, who is averaging 9.1 yards a carry. Robertson, a defensive end, will be replaced by some combination of sophomore Jabari Fletcher and freshman Lanston Tanyi.

Also, junior Quavian Lewis is almost ready to return from a bruised knee, although he'll likely miss Saturday's game with visiting Presbyterian, Moore said.

-- The Mountaineers lost their No.1 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision polls following the loss. ASU is now No. 3 in The Sports Network media poll, and fourth in the American Football Coaches Association poll. JMU, by the way, is now No. 1 in the coaches'
poll and No. 2 in the other.

--Stan Olson