The 2012 App State foosball season begins this weekend. Hopes and dreams finally clash with reality. The contest will kickoff to the minute five years after the All Time Upset. Here are four downs on the game.
First Down: Hydration is important.
Back in 2009 App State was thisclose to knocking out the Pirates, thanks both to an explosive 3rd(!) string QB named Travaris Cadet and severe cramping by the EZU defense. Score after one quarter was 17-0. Early second it was 24-0. The final, 29-24. Yet it felt good.
Second Down: Newbie at QB.
ECU announced Monday they finally have a starter behind center – Rio Johnson. the junior has never started a game. He has PT in just four games as a Pirate, all last season. He seems to be a typical pocket passer. He has 29 career passing attempts (completing 20), and just seven career rushes (for -31 yards).
Third Down: Defense is defective.
It pains us to point this out, but former App State DC now ECU associate head coach John Wiley is having a ‘ruff’ time. Last season the Pirate defense had more holes than Augusta. They gave up 32 points a game, including 48 to Southern Miss, and 56 each to South Carolina and Houston. Coulda been worse, of course. Coulda been the 2010 ECU defense, which gave up 44 points a game.
Fourth Down: It’s uh …. famileeee, tradition.
Here’s a bucket of cold water for the fans drunk on the big anniversary Saturday. For all the hype, App State is a big 0-fer against
I-A FBS teams located outside Ann Arbor and Winston-Salem. Some of the games are competitive (ECU in ’09, NC State in ’06) but most are not (Kansas ’05, Va Tech ’11). Even ECU coach admits, App State has great talent but “the difference we have is that our depth is better.” That has often been the difference.