Appalachian State debating quarterback starter

Winston-Salem JournalSeptember 17, 2013 

Appalachian St. Montana Football

Appalachian State quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson (12) is pressured by Montana defensive tackle Trevor Rehm during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Missoula, Mont., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

MICHAEL ALBANS — AP

— Coach Scott Satterfield of Appalachian State said Tuesday no decision has been made as to who will start at quarterback Saturday against Elon.

He said practice performance this week will be the deciding factor between senior Jamal Londry-Jackson and sophomore Kameron Bryant.

“Last week and this week, we really talked to both of them about going out and practicing as hard as you possibly can practice – and then we’ll see where we are at the end of the week,” Satterfield said.

Londry-Jackson, who has started the past 19 games, has struggled during the Mountaineers’ 0-2 start. He had knee surgery in January, and Satterfield said he is fine physically.

But Londry-Jackson, a Walter Payton Award candidate who passed for 3,278 yards last season and is just 13 yards shy of Armanti Edwards’ season school record, also was replaced in the first two games by Bryant.

Londry-Jackson has completed 24 of 41 passes for 209 yards this season, with one touchdown and two interceptions, and has rushed for 8 yards on nine carries.

Bryant, who took 13 snaps last season as a redshirt freshman before suffering a knee injury that required surgery, has completed 29 of 43 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. He has rushed for 24 yards on seven carries.

Bryant led the Mountaineers to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and a third drive that ended with a missed field-goal attempt in a 24-21 loss to N.C. A&T on Sept. 7.

The Mountaineers had an open date last week.

“We’ll see which one takes charge this week and see which one is making the plays,” Satterfield said.

“Right now, through two games, Kam in the games has outplayed Jamal, and we’ll see how it goes in practice these next few days and see which one actually (starts).”

He said there has been no change in the practice routine for either and that two quarterbacks always get plenty of repetitions in preparation for any game.

“You always have to have two ready to go, so we really haven’t changed our practice regimen with that, and we’re just going to see who does the best throughout the week,” Satterfield said. “I know Jamal has struggled, but he’s had a good week last week and this week – but so has Kam. So we’ll know probably by the end of Thursday’s practice.”

The playing status of defensive end Ronald Blair, already questionable for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at Elon because of a thumb injury, is uncertain.

Blair was arrested Friday and charged with driving after consuming alcohol under 21, no operator’s license and speeding, according to an Appalachian State University police report.

Satterfield issued a statement regarding Blair.

“We’re aware of and disappointed about the situation involving Ronald Blair,” Satterfield said. “We are currently in the process of gathering facts and details. We want to be sure that we have all of the facts surrounding the situation before moving forward with any determination regarding Ronald’s playing status.”

Blair, a junior who has started all 26 games in his three seasons at Appalachian, was named All-Southern Conference last season after leading the league’s defensive linemen with 60 tackles. He has 7.5 career sacks.

Offensive lineman Parker Collins, who injured his back against N.C. A&T and was taken from the field on a stretcher as a precaution, has returned to practice and will most likely play against Elon.

Tight end Josh Anding, who has missed the first two games because of injury, could possibly return Saturday.

Satterfield also said there is no change in the status of receiver Sean Price, who remains suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

“He’s still doing the things he needs to do in order to get back on the field,” Satterfield said.

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