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[2024] Sun Belt Depth Chart Analysis: Appalachian State

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That's a series that's going to analyse the Sun Belt's team depth chart, based on the roster for the 2024 season. We start the series analysing the Appalachian State Mountainers:


Disclaimer: The depth chart was made based on the formula used to verify the team’s overall (skill + potential/2), unless, the player was already starting last season, then, I let the player as the starter. In case of a tie, I placed the highest potential player as the starter.

In order to determine if the team uses a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, I compared the second DT to the second ILB. Which one graded higher determined the scheme used.


1. Depth Chart

QB QB Aaron Walsh 6-4 203 (So) Alonso (Tampa FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling]
RB RB Kofi Ransom 5-9 183 (Jr) Pope (Marietta GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed]
FB FB Lamont Talbert 5-10 255 Fr North Forsyth (Cumming GA) 2.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking]
WR WR Julian Shipman 6-2 207 (So) West (Knoxville TN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target]
WR WR Kyle Ponder 5-10 182 (Jr) Maiden (Maiden, NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed]
WR WR Ronnie Wallace 6-4 174 Jr Gleason (Gleason TN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed]
TE TE Cha'akmongwi Johns 6-1 195 Jr Wayne County (Jessup GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]
OT OT Matthew Montgomery 6-6 258 Fr Morristown-Hamblen West ( TN) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
OT OT Calvin Casey 6-4 288 Fr New Hanover (Wilmington NC) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
OG OG Mike Pence 6-1 304 Jr Pensacola State College (Pensacola FL) 3.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking]
OG OG Leonardo Selby 6-6 299 Jr Warner Robins (Warner Robins GA) 3.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
C C Owen Driver 6-1 287 Jr Druid Hills (Atlanta GA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]


DE DE David Knox 6-2 238 Jr Irwin County (Ocilla GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Contain]
DE DE Harrison Cottrell 6-1 273 Jr Northwest Whitfield (GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
DT DT Matthew Flanagan 6-7 313 (So) Greenville (Greenville GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap]
OLB OLB Jayden Tillman 6-0 242 So Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville NC) 2.5 of 3.0 [Coverage]
OLB OLB Arthur Ewing 6-1 229 Fr Wayne County (Jessup GA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Blitz]
ILB ILB Marshall Emmons 6-2 224 Jr North Hall (Gainesville GA) 3.5 of 4.0 [Will]
ILB ILB Zach McNeal 6-3 255 Jr Crest (Shelby NC) 3.5 of 3.5 [Mike]
CB CB Shane Pepper 5-9 162 (Jr) Piedmont (Monroe, NC) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]
CB CB Eric Horne 6-2 165 (So) North Springs (Atlanta GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
CB CB Jaiden Watts 6-0 175 (So) LaFayette (LaFayette GA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
FS FS Antonio Young 6-0 183 Fr Edisto (Cordova SC) 2.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
SS SS Alshon McCloud 5-10 191 (So) Grady (Atlanta GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]


K K Jack LeBlanc 5-7 200 (Fr) Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg SC) 2.0 of 3.0 [Power]
P P Damien Whitmore 6-3 180 Fr Paxon (Jacksonville FL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Power]


New Starter
Incoming Player Starting


2. Redshirts

1 RB Brian Bell III 5-11 182 Fr Graham (Bluefield VA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Speed]
2 WR Darion Holmes 6-2 205 Fr Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill NC) 1.0 of 4.5 [Target]
3 WR Matthew Gorman 6-0 227 Fr Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville NC) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target]
4 OG Jonas Downing 6-6 257 Fr Rock Hill (Rock Hill SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]
5 C Isiah Maddox 6-1 272 Fr Chapin (Chapin SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]
6 DE Chase Spurlock 6-0 268 Fr Asheboro (Asheboro NC) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz]
7 OLB Maxim Haines 6-4 239 Fr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant TN) 1.5 of 3.5 [Coverage]
8 CB Andre Little 5-9 172 Fr New Hanover (Wilmington NC) 1.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]
9 FS Raymond McQueen 6-0 204 Fr Irwin County (Ocilla GA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
10 TE Neal Burrell 6-2 215 Fr Cary (Cary NC) 1.5 of 3.5 [Blocking]


3. Starters Lost

QB Kareem Witherspoon 6-0 236 (Sr) Columbia (Burbank, WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling]
FB Matthew Gonzalez 6-1 216 (Sr) Maranacook Community (Readfield, ME) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
OLB James White 5-10 204 Sr Palmerton Area (Palmerton, PA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz]
FS William Slater 5-11 169 Sr North Stokes (Danbury, NC) 2.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage]


4. High Point

The improvement on the offensive line, from one season to another, is impressive. The Mountaineers had the worst O.L Rating in the Sun Belt last season (by far), and, now, without losing any starter to graduation, they bring 3 new starters, including Mike Pence, that will be playing in the NFLHC in a few years.

Also, the recruiting class deserves a note. A lot of talent on the skill positions, lead by Darion Holmes, who will be hauting the other Sun Belt Teams in the near future.


5. Low Point

If Appalachian State improved a lot on the OL, the same cannot be said about their DL. Only with 3.0/3.0 players, this is going to be one of the worst sectors of this team in the next season, and focused by the opposed HCs.


6. Overall

The Mountaineers are clearly on their way up. The fact the this team lacked a lot of talent last season is shown by the amount of new players starting right away (the highest amount on the Sun Belt). This may come to bite them in some part of the season, but they are in a MUCH better position for the 2024 season, then they were for the 2023.

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I need a negative reaction to posts like this. 

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App State might have a better offense than me this year. What a difference a year makes. @Nittany Boiler is doing a great job so far

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Big improvements from last season, with the right OOC they might compete for a bowl next season.

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Nice article and feature series.  Pretty accurate too.  I will probably play DE Chase "Havok" Spurlock (Starter) and OLB Maxim "Tackles" Haines (Back-up) instead of adding to redshirts.  SS Gabriel Conklin 6-2 197 Jr Thomasville (Thomasville NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] appears to be the more likely SS starter.


It really is unbelievable how little App State lost in terms of starter's and contributor's graduation.  Basically, an underperforming QB and way overperforming OLB (1st team SB as a 2.5/2.5).  


Highest point: The biggest takeaway of all is that there are ZERO senior starters (and only one Senior - a Kicker - on the two-deep roster) listed with lots of skilled redshirt help on the way.  22 of 24 listed players could be at full potential after this upcoming season. 


Steady the ship for next season (2024) and telling everyone to be ready for 2025!



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