#10Strong Preview Series: Running Backs (2018-08-21 18:04:24)

"The sky is the limit. We truly feel there are no limits with our group. We push each other every day, and it's crazy how there's so much talent in one room."
— Jalin Moore, App State Senior, Running Backs

Moving forward from a 9-4 season in which Appalachian State claimed a second straight Sun Belt Conference title and a third consecutive bowl victory, the Mountaineers have adopted the #10Strong motto for 2018.

In the spring, head coach Scott Satterfield and assistant athletics director of athletic performance Mike Sirignano formed a leadership panel that included one player from each of the 10 assigned position groups and had weekly discussions about the contents of a Jon Gordon book called "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy."

Today's position preview in the #10Strong Series leading up to the Sept. 1 opener at Penn State focuses on the running backs, with senior Jalin Moore serving as that group's representative on the panel.

Of the six team captains in 2017, the two non-seniors were defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and Moore, whose 3,170 career rushing yards are second-most among returning FBS players.

"It's a blessing, coming where I came from, coming in as fifth-string (as a freshman), now being able to be a person that the people in this position group can look up to," Moore said. "I take all that into account. It feels good to be a vocal leader, not being able to just run, block and make fans yell, but actually being able to teach others under you and leave a mark when you move on, that's the best part."

A two-time Sun Belt Conference rushing champion, Moore gained a league-leading 1,037 yards and rushed for 12 touchdowns in 11 official games last season. Because of injuries, he missed the equivalent of four more quarters, but Marcus Williams Jr. and Daetrich Harrington combined for three 100-yard games as freshmen.

In addition to Moore, Williams and Harrington, who is recovering well from a knee injury suffered early in spring practice, sophomore Darrynton Evans and redshirt freshman D'Andre Hicks are working with the running backs this fall. Hicks has moved from cornerback, while Evans redshirted in 2017 after excelling as a returner, receiver and running back during his true freshman season. His long runs have been among the biggest highlights from fall camp.

The group coached by Stu Holt also includes true freshman Camerun Peoples, junior college transfer Nakendrick Clark and sophomore DeMarcus Harper. Peoples has turned heads in his first camp thanks to his size, speed and toughness.

"In the spring, we were pretty thin," Holt said. "To come out of the summer with everybody pretty healthy and being able to rotate several guys, that's been good. We have good competition, which always makes you better, and it also takes a load off them because you get a ton of reps in camp. I like to have several guys playing, and they've done a good job. A lot of that is leadership from Jalin, because they watch him to see how he works."