Appalachian State Football

Appalachian State Rolls On

GREENVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05:  DeAndre Presley #2 of the Appalachian State Mountaineers drops back to throw a pass against the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Greenville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Drew SechlerContributor ISeptember 14, 2010

Just when you thought the juggernaut mountain boys from Appalachian State were ready to take a step back after Mr. Everything Armanti Edwards graduated and moved on to the NFL, you soon come to realize that App State just continues to motor right along.

No Edwards? No problem. Just plug in another athlete with a great arm, and the band never stops playing Hi Hi Yikas (the school's fight song).

DeAndre Presley appeared to be the front-runner coming into the season, but got strong competition from freshman Jamal Jackson in the spring.

Presley has performed very well in his two starts as the Mountaineer quarterback. Presley is 42 for 60 on passing attempts so far this season with no interceptions, and has amassed 625 yards and six touchdowns.

Not too shabby considering Presley had his skeptics prior to start of the season.

Wideout Coco Hillary, App's star receiver, who has yet to play a down this season due to off the field issues. With a stable of running backs, and a very strong collection of receivers for Presley to throw to, Appalachian looks to continue to dominate the Southern Conference in 2010.

The Mountaineers returned all but six starters from the 2009 roster. So it's no surprise really that App is still considered by many to be a national title favorite.

Appalachian is going for their sixth straight SoCon title, a would-be impressive feat for a team that no longer has the two time Walter Payton award winner Armanti Edwards.

But this is App State, where winning is expected. And the fight song never quits playing.

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