Maybe it’s just us, but something seems missing this upcoming season.
For the past several years it seemed the App State record book was constantly being re-written. LeGreedy. Sticks. K-Rich. Rauch. DJ.
In that same span, there was a near-definite, much-talked-about NFL prospect on the roster. AE. The Quickness. Kilgore. Superman. Jackson.
Heck, the App State team that won in App Arbor boasted seven future NFLers. Seven!
So many historic stats. So many historic standouts.
But we now wonder – Who are the ultimates this season? Is the elite talent level still deep?
There are two immediate nominees.
Jeremy Kimbrough and Demetrius McCray continued to rake in preseason all-America accolades when College Sporting News named the App State duo to its first team.
Kimbrough and McCray also earned first-team preseason all-American recognition from The Sports Network and are both on the official watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the nation’s top NCAA Division I FCS defensive player.
Kimbrough is a 5-11 linebacker who was among the SoCon’s top tacklers last season, with 105.
McCray nabbed five INTs last year, among the national leaders, and fifth on the team in stops.
The two were joined by quarterback Jamal Jackson on the SoCon’s preseason first team.
Three great Mountaineers. No doubt. But we have yet to read their names on any NFL watch lists. We know of no countdowns to school milestones upcoming.
We’re not sure how to process this. Are there some diamonds in the rough being overlooked? Or is the program missing the no-doubt standout we expected to see every season?