College Sports

Here’s how Appalachian State and the Charlotte 49ers match up for Saturday’s game

Quarterback Chris Reynolds, left, and running back Benny LeMay will lead the Charlotte 49ers’ offense against Appalachian State on Saturday at Richardson Stadium.
Quarterback Chris Reynolds, left, and running back Benny LeMay will lead the Charlotte 49ers’ offense against Appalachian State on Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

Appalachian State (0-1) vs. Charlotte (1-0)

Site: Richardson Stadium

Kickoff: 6 p.m. (ESPN+)

Three matchups to watch

Charlotte running back Benny LeMay vs. Appalachian State linebacker Anthony Flory: LeMay (135 yards rushing last week) is at his best after he’s muscled through the defensive line, which is where Flory (nine tackles) against Penn State, will be waiting.

Appalachian State center Noah Hannon vs. Charlotte defensive tackle Timmy Horne: Hannon is part of an offensive line that allowed just eight sacks in 2017 (two against Penn State). Horne helped the 49ers stuff Fordham’s run game and also had a sack against the Rams.

evans-asu
Appalachian State kick returner Darrynton Evans, left, raced 100 yards for a touchdown return against 10th-ranked Penn State last Saturday in the Mountaineers’ 45-38 loss. Abby Drey TNS

Charlotte kicker Jonathan Cruz vs. Appalachian State kick returner Darrynton Evans: Three of Cruz’s seven kickoffs against Fordham were touchbacks. He’ll try to at least match that kind of performance kicking to Evans, who returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Penn State.

By the numbers

minus-9 Rushing yards by Fordham against Charlotte last week, lowest in Rams history and fewest allowed in 49ers history.

75.2 Percent underclassmen on Appalachian State’s roster, second highest in nation.

clifton duck
Appalachian State junior quarterback Clifton Duck, the former Butler High standout, enters Saturday’s game against Charlotte with 11 career interceptions. Appalachian State Athletics

11 Career interceptions by Appalachian junior CB Clifton Duck (Butler High), tied for most nationally in last two seasons.

127 Receiving yards against Fordham by Charlotte’s Victor Tucker, second highest freshman total in school history (Austin Duke, 128).

Worth mentioning

▪ 49ers defensive lineman Dantrell Barkley, who missed the Fordham game with a shoulder injury, will play. ...Tommy Doctor, another defensive lineman, is out for the season with an ankle injury. ... Offensive lineman Nate Davis is sitting out the second game of a four-game suspension with academic eligibility issues.

▪ The Mountaineers played last week in the country’s second-largest stadium (Penn State’s 106,572-seat Beaver Stadium) and will play in the country’s smallest stadium Saturday (Charlotte’s Richardson Stadium, which has added about 2,500 temporary seats for a capacity of 17,814).

▪ Of the Mountaineers’ seven players from Mecklenburg County, three - cornerback Clifton Duck (Butler), receiver Corey Sutton (Mallard Creek) and linebacker Jordan Fehr (Providence) are starters.

Workpeh Kofa
Charlotte 49ers wide receiver Workpeh Kofa. File photo Charlotte

▪ 49ers senior receiver Workpeh Kofa (Independence High) needs 91 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for his career, joining Austin Duke, Trent Bostick and T.L. Ford.

charlotteobserver.com/sportspass

  Comments