It was Lettermen's Day, and every former player for whom Appalachian State had an address was invited back. About 200 accepted. The event is held annually, but usually later in the season. This way, it was held in conjunction with the raising of the team's 2007 national championship flag, ASU's third in a row. Some of those lettermen raised flags for all three titles a few minutes before kickoff.
Appalachian State went with throwback uniforms from 1989, in honor of coach JerryMoore's first year in charge, and looked pretty spiffy. Black jerseys with white numerals trimmed in gold, along with gold pants. Reminiscent of the Pittsburgh Steelers, sort of. Moore, by the way, is 168-71 with the Mountaineers after Saturday's victory.
While junior Devon Moore is the heir apparent at running back for ASU and currently the starter, look for backup RobertWelton, a sophomore, to get considerable playing time. While Moore (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) is faster than Welton (5-11, 215), the latter appears more difficult to bring down. That could provide dividends against tougher foes than the Dolphins.
Kidd Brewer Stadium is nicknamed “The Rock,” and above the team's video board, “Welcome To The Rock” is underlined with Elevation 3,333 Feet. One big rock.
The loudest booing in the game was aimed not at Jacksonville but at an ASU official. Fans on the east side of the stadium had been bouncing a beach ball through the stands, but when it bounded onto the track, the official grabbed it, squeezed the air from it and dropped it in a trash can. Booing was followed by a chant of “Give It Back,” followed in turn by more booing.