Part 2 of a series previewing teams leading up to the game on Saturday.. Part one (QB DeAndre Presley) is here
Appalachian State may be a running team primarily, but that doesn't change the fact that junior wide receiver Brian Quick is arguably their most dangerous offensive weapon. With his size and athleticism, Quick compares quite well to Villanova starting split end Norman White. Digging into Quick's bio, i found it interesting that he only played one year of high school football (he played basketball) so he is still quite new to the game. Relative inexperience aside, Quick has had a monster season for The Mountaineers; during which he is averaging more than 18 yards per catch (by comparison, Brian Finneran averaged 14.5 yards per catch in his Walter Payton Award winning senior year at VU) and has scored 8 touchdowns. Stopping Quick with as few players as possible may be the single biggest key for The 'Cats to stop the App State rushing attack, so neutralizing him must be a huge priority for Villanova in the lead up to Saturday.
As the week continues, i'll take a look at Running Back/Return Specialist Travaris Cadet, Defensive End Jabari Fletcher, and Safety Mark LeGree.