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Cooper Hodges
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Appalachian State Sends Seven to PFF All-Sun Belt Team

Pro Football Focus announced it’s All-Sun Belt teams include seven representatives of App State Football.

Offensive tackle Cooper Hodges, running back Camerun Peoples, cornerback Steven Jones Jr. and outside linebacker Nick Hampton made the preseason first team. Running back Nate Noel, quarterback Chase Brice and offensive guard Isaiah Helms are on the second team.

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 Shawn Clark’s second full season as head coach. The Mountaineers went 7-1 in league play.

Hodges has received All-Sun Belt recognition after each of the last three seasons, as he’s been App State’s starting right tackle for 39 consecutive games. He graded out at 86 percent and had a team-high 84 knockdown blocks in 2021.

Peoples, who received All-Sun Belt recognition in 2021 and 2020, rushed for 926 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns last season while playing in 12 of 14 games.

A second-team preseason All-American via the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Jones made four All-America teams last season, including first-team honors from three outlets. He increased his career total to seven interceptions with five during a breakout 2021 season that included three pick-six returns for touchdowns.

Brice set App State’s single-season record for passing yards with a league-leading 3,337 to go along with season totals of 27 touchdown passes and a 62.1 completion percentage. Noel led the Sun Belt with 1,126 rushing yards and 31 rushes of 10-plus yards.

Last season, Helms started at right guard in all 13 appearances and ranked second on the team with 61 knockdown blocks.