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It hurts just to look at him .. and we mean that in a respectful wayD.J. Smith gets love for his 16 tackles, two break-ups and two hurries against Lil Sammy – “Smith has been ASU’s leading tackler in all three games this year and ranks 7th nationally with 12.7 tackles per game. In 26 career starts, Smith has registered double-digit stops 12 times.”

19 Comments

  1. clayton

    September 29, 2009 at 11:15 am

    If you find the Charlotte Observer story about the Samford game, you'll learn that DJ Smith is a defensive end.

  2. Dan

    September 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

    wait, there's a story on the Observer about the game?

  3. grudensucks

    September 29, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Man, Mark Legree sure has been quiet so far compared to last year.

  4. Geoff

    September 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I noticed Samford CLEARLY did not want to throw in Legree's general direction. it seemed like they threw to heavily covered receivers instead of looking towards Mark.

  5. Dan

    September 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    let's be real about Legree's year too – it was phenomenal. Expecting him to duplicate it would be a stretch.

  6. Matty

    September 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Defense did much better this week…. Also, maybe we should move Irvin into the Defensive Rotation, Fabulous Hit on the sidelines son!

  7. Michael

    September 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Is it just me, or did anyone else expect a little more pub for AE, this being his final season?

    I realize FCS players don't seem to get attention in the national media, almost no matter what. Almost…

    Then again, Steve McNair was on the cover of SI in '94 or '95 or whenever his senior year was with the heading "Hand Him the Heisman," and this guy from Fla. A&M has been all over ESPN (rightfully so) for his many kickoff returns.

    Maybe the lawnmower cost him any chance of making noise nationally since it kept out of our one FBS game.

    Any chance AE gets more well-deserved national recognition?

  8. clayton

    September 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Like being the #2 top play of the weekend on Sportscenter?

  9. Pete

    September 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Three things have hurt AE since the 2007 Season:

    He and APP State had a poor game against LSU to start 2008. Had that game been more positive he
    would have been in the Heisman hype and discussions…APP State had discussed a promotional campaign if…..

    Too many QB's in Heisman discussions last year from BCS with great stats…and they remain this year.

    ASU lost to Richmond and AE had 5 Ints…resulting in not getting to the FCS title
    game.

    His accident/injury caused him to miss the FBS opponent…for 2009 in ECU. Then ASU lost a second game with AE at QB.

    If he could have some WOW games while Tebow and Bradford or out….who knows….

  10. parking lot

    September 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I'm going to email tom ronaldi to do one of those emotional stories about him…

  11. Michael

    September 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Clayton,

    That Sportscenter highlight of the weekend was presented in a very, "Oh, by the way…" fashion. The play was an afterthought on College Football Live after 15 minutes discussing, "What, oh what will the poor Florida Gators do without their overexposed idol QB star QB Tim Tebow?"

    AE deserves to be more than an afterthought…

    But Pete, I think your explanation is spot-on.

  12. appfanmidwest

    September 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Let's be real. We get minimal publcity because (as Herbstreit point out), no one wants to see App State…meaning no one wants to see App State vs. Citadel, NC Central, UTC, or any of the other SoCon dogs. If App State was playing Houston this weekend, it would be on TV…as you have two unbelievable quarterbacks.

    You want our players to get publicity…then get the hell out of the WEAK SoCon and join a real conference.

    I also noticed on ESPN.com that I couldn't even find the FCS rankings. That should tell you all you need to know about what most people think of the FCS.

  13. APPle Jax

    September 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    ^^^
    "I also noticed on ESPN.com that I couldn’t even find the FCS rankings. That should tell you all you need to know about what most people think of the FCS."

    I noticed that, too. The FCS rankings have always been available on their website in previous years; I wonder why the switch.

  14. Dan

    September 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, what'd we have, a whole 4 topics without this popping up again?

  15. appirishmen

    September 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    yea and its usually appfanmidwest that brings it up. stop bringing it up. its not going to happen soon so GET OVER IT. if you dont like who we play go somewhere else and shut it.

  16. Dan

    September 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, what’d we have, a whole 4 topics without this popping up again?

  17. DRM

    September 30, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Michigan, the "App State rule," and Armanti's sometimes unbelievable athleticism force ESPN to cover us (and FCS) now and then, albeit briefly and sometimes grudgingly. When they need to mention something/anything FCS, it is our name that usually comes to their minds. How many times have we heard them mention Montana, for example, or UNI or Richmond?

    ESPN in general and Herbstreit in particular have a clear anti-FCS bias; with some ESPN personalities, it's nearly as evident as their anti-soccer views. I don't place much importance on ESPN's ASU or FCS coverage, or lack of coverage. Many FBS schools get fewer mentions than we do. And as far as I'm concerned, Herbstreit has zero credibility. He's the classic ass-kissing ladder climber–if he were in the office/cubicle next to you, he'd be the UNC or Duke MBA schmoozing the bosses while the ASU or UNCC business grads are doing the actual work.

    I used to enjoy College Game Day, principally because of Corso. But his stroke seems to have quieted his enthusiasm and dulled his wit, and Herbstreit is now more dominant on the show. I no longer bother to watch, which frees my Saturday mornings–except when ASU plays at some ridiculous hour like noon, pushing our pre-game show to a 10 am start.

  18. grudensucks

    September 30, 2009 at 6:27 am

    That's alright, we know ASU, we know the level that Jerry Moore has brought us into. We know what kind of people Armanti Edwards, Ritchie Williams, Corey Lynch, and Kevin Richardson are. We know we became the first FCS team to beat a Nationally top 10 ranked FBS team. We know we got the greatest stadium in FCS. We know that Boone, NC is the bomb. We know that on any given Saturday that Black and Gold will come to play.

    We know, therefore WE ARE APPSTATE! I said it's good to be a Mountaineer.

  19. Dan

    September 30, 2009 at 6:35 am

    gruden, it is GREAT to be a mountaineer!

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