By Bret Strelow, AppState Athletics. March 13, 2019. BOONE, NC — Improve technique and fundamentals. Lay the foundation for Appalachian State’s offense, defense and special teams. Identify strengths and weaknesses in order to play to the strengths and build up the weaknesses.
COVER IMAGE: Junior wide receiver Jalin Virgil goes up for a pass in offensive drills during Wednesday session. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Coach Drink, will that — and perhaps a Diet Mountain Dew — complete your March order?
The Mountaineers, who began spring practice under new head coach Eliah Drinkwitz in late February, are back at work following App State’s spring break. It’s still extremely early in the process as the team begins development toward a successful 2019 and learns from a coaching staff with several new faces in the High Country.
“It’s like you’re driving through a drive-thru window and a guy is just throwing the fries at you,” Drinkwitz said. “Right now, we’re hoping to get one or two of the fries in the window, and other than that, we’ll figure it out this summer. It’s a whole new offense, a new scheme with new terminology, so you have to pick little pieces. The thing is, if you make a mistake, that’s part of learning. Make a mistake, make it at full speed and then correct it on the field the next day.”
With an energetic Drinkwitz flipping footballs to App State’s quarterbacks and teaching some of the new terminology, the Mountaineers went through a highly organized and productive practice Wednesday in a sunny Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Whether it was freshman running back Camerun Peoples throwing a physical block, talented receiver Corey Sutton sharpening a route or a young defensive back intercepting a pass, the energy level was high all over the field.
App State is moving forward from a 2018 season in which it went 11-2, won a third straight Sun Belt Conference Championship and improved the program’s FBS bowl record to 4-0 with the nation’s third-youngest roster. Six early enrollees have joined the returning players, Drinkwitz is officially three months into his new job and the complete staff has been together for the last month.
“You try to get into a routine and get some normalcy, and as far as the whole staff, the transition of the families and everything,”Drinkwitz said. “Being on the grass, that’s where you feel the most comfortable. You’re ready to go, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Fans interested in purchasing 2019 football season tickets and joining the Yosef Club can do so online by clicking HERE, by calling 828-262-2079 or by visiting the App State Athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center. The deadline to renew season tickets for the upcoming season is April 30.
Anyone who renews or purchases 2019 football season tickets by Friday will have a chance to win one of several of the following exclusive offers.
Chance to Win:
- Breakfast with Coach Drinkwitz
- Call a play at spring practice
- Pregame sideline passes (20 individuals)
- 2 seats at the Legends Gala
- 2 seats at Club Level (standing room only)
- 2 spots in the Yosef Club Golf Tournament
- Signed football by Coach Drinkwitz (25 account holders)
- 25% discount to shop.appstatesports.com
- Personalized ticket booklet