I Should Be in Chattanooga Tonight …

… to support my alma mater, Appalachian State University, in its quest for a third consecutive national football championship at the FCS (formerly Div. I-AA) level.

But I won’t be, so I will cheer them on in absentia.

These are the guys, remember, who beat (presumably) mighty Michigan at the start of the season, so hopefully they can handle the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens.

Appalachian did lose two games earlier this year, to Wofford College and Georgia Southern, but one big reason was an injury to the Mountaineers’ star quarterback, Armanti Edwards.

I would expect that when Edwards’s time comes, he will be given a serious look-see by N.F.L. teams, though probably not at quarterback since he is too small. But think about the pro career of someone like Antwaan Randle El, another small and extremely mobile college QB, and perhaps you can envision the future pro career of Edwards.

First, however, he has to go and win himself a Heisman.


bettis

as a Chattanoogan, and UTC alum, i have to agree with zach 'home game' analysis. appy state isn't afraid to travel. i attended last year's game and was very impressed by their fans. especially for a SoCon team, kudos to the mountaineers!

David Glover

Go "up" to Lookout Mountain and experience a Tandem Hang Gliding flight, very exciting. After seeing the Aquarium downtown you can walk over to Big River Grille and Brewing Works for some good food and drink. Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding is one of the oldest schools in the nation.

NWGaEagle

Edwards wasn't even the best mobile QB in his conference this year, much less the country (hello Jayson Foster!) :) Edwards has done well, but all the Yosefs needs to realize that their place in the world while elevated is still always right behind Georgia Southern. ;)

Aaron

As one who hails from just up the road from Chattanooga--Cleveland, TN--I, too, love it when Tennessee shines.

Also, the very name, "Appalachian State University," conjures up images of a certain sort of institution--beautiful autumn leaves against the blue background of mountains....

I'd be very interested in what brought you to Appalachian State University rather than, say, some big name college?

Zach

I hope Delaware can pull this out. It's practically a home game for App State but UD has won the last two on the road against the 1st and 4th seeds.
Joe Biden is campaigning in Iowa so no presidential candidates will be attending.

Adam

GO UD!!!

~UD Alum 05

Jason

NWGaEagle - Not the best mobile QB in his conference???? Did you not watch him hang 313 (rushing!!!) against Richmond??? I bet Jayson Foster saw it. Foster called me for tickets to the Championship game. Not mobile?? C'mon - Can you define mobile any better than that performance??

Go App State!!!
ASU Alum '94

Radman

Before you collaborated with Levitt, did you tell him that you went to App State. If so, why didnt he run? If not, why not?

TRISTANDM

Do you own a hockey stick?
http://tvtanline.blogspot.com/2007/12/ncaa-d-ii-championship-app-st-vs.html

Matthew

And victory is yours! Well, at least victory is Appalachian State's. But how did we miss the Freakonomics movie to be? (Daylife fleshes this out)

GT

Congrats Dubner, ApSt. played well. The D-III game was really exciting too. Yes, I am a football geek. In fact, ApSt is the only team ranked by Street and Smith's to win that did/will.

How did U of Chicago's team do? Oh. Well, nevermind. Sorry Levitt!

rubytues (ASU MS Accounting 1998)

I have enjoyed App States football success immensely. Any thoughts on whether this latest in a string of big football successes are going to open the debate on going DI (or whatever we're calling it now). Personally I think we should stay where we are, but I can see the rationale for moving up to play with the big boys.

jmualum

You should be thanking your lucky stars that ASU even made it to the FCS final. My beloved James Madison Dukes had their 1st round game against ASU within their grasp, but fumbled on the ASU 9 with 22 seconds left. A sincere thank you note would be appreciated.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/24/AR2007112401471.html

bettis

as a Chattanoogan, and UTC alum, i have to agree with zach 'home game' analysis. appy state isn't afraid to travel. i attended last year's game and was very impressed by their fans. especially for a SoCon team, kudos to the mountaineers!

David Glover

Go "up" to Lookout Mountain and experience a Tandem Hang Gliding flight, very exciting. After seeing the Aquarium downtown you can walk over to Big River Grille and Brewing Works for some good food and drink. Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding is one of the oldest schools in the nation.

NWGaEagle

Edwards wasn't even the best mobile QB in his conference this year, much less the country (hello Jayson Foster!) :) Edwards has done well, but all the Yosefs needs to realize that their place in the world while elevated is still always right behind Georgia Southern. ;)

Aaron

As one who hails from just up the road from Chattanooga--Cleveland, TN--I, too, love it when Tennessee shines.

Also, the very name, "Appalachian State University," conjures up images of a certain sort of institution--beautiful autumn leaves against the blue background of mountains....

I'd be very interested in what brought you to Appalachian State University rather than, say, some big name college?

Zach

I hope Delaware can pull this out. It's practically a home game for App State but UD has won the last two on the road against the 1st and 4th seeds.
Joe Biden is campaigning in Iowa so no presidential candidates will be attending.

Adam

GO UD!!!

~UD Alum 05

Jason

NWGaEagle - Not the best mobile QB in his conference???? Did you not watch him hang 313 (rushing!!!) against Richmond??? I bet Jayson Foster saw it. Foster called me for tickets to the Championship game. Not mobile?? C'mon - Can you define mobile any better than that performance??

Go App State!!!
ASU Alum '94