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Appalachian Football Predicted To Repeat As Division Champion

Appalachian State Football has been voted to repeat as the East Division champion in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason polls and awards that were released by the league Monday (July 25), on the eve of Media Days in New Orleans.

In a vote by Sun Belt coaches, the Mountaineers totaled 10 of 14 first-place votes and a division-best 94 voting points. Offensive tackle Cooper Hodges and running back Camerun Peoples made the preseason All-Sun Belt first team.

The second teams include quarterback Chase Brice, offensive guard Damion Daley, running back Nate Noel, inside linebacker Trey Cobb, outside linebacker Nick Hampton and cornerback Steven Jones, Jr.

Eighteen players who started at least one game in 2021 return from an App State team that enjoyed a 10-win regular season and captured a division title during Clark’s second full season as head coach. The Mountaineers went 7-1 in league play, including 4-0 against East Division foes, before facing Louisiana, again the 2022 West Division favorite, in the Sun Belt Championship Game.

The addition of four new Sun Belt members means James Madison, Marshall and Old Dominion have joined App State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Georgia State to make up a new-look East Division. With the Mountaineers being tabbed the preseason favorite, Coastal Carolina came in second with 77 voting points, including two first-place votes. Third-place Georgia State and fifth-place Georgia Southern had one first-place vote apiece.