Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore may have found his quarterback of the future on Saturday.
Armanti Edwards obviously will return to the starting lineup as soon as he recovers from the cut on his foot suffered in a lawn-mowing accident. But third-team quarterback Travaris Cadet is just a sophomore and displayed remarkable ability as a runner.
He also was 7-for-9 passing as he led the Mountaineers to 17 straight points in a comeback bid. The only question was, why did Moore start DeAndre Presley instead of Cadet?
"You have to remember that Cadet has been here just three weeks," Moore said. "We started Presley because he has playing experience for us and started some games for us last season."
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Cadet is a transfer who started his career at Toledo.
Former N.C. State defensive back Levin Neal's senior season got off to a disappointing start for East Carolina.
Neal, the Pirates' starting strong safety, suffered an injured right ankle on an Appalachian State kickoff return in the first quarter. Coach Skip Holtz was uncertain of his status after the game, but Neal was wearing a protective boot on his foot on the sideline in the second half.
The first-come, first-served admission policy for students at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is a fantastic idea. The gates opened two hours before the game, and students immediately streamed into the best seats.
Having the students in their seats rather than in the parking lot tailgating two hours before the game creates a more sober atmosphere that's probably safer for everybody.