Camellia Bowl Notebook: Tuesday, Dec. 15

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield is greeted by Raycom Media Camellia Bowl executive director Johnny Williams upon the Mountaineers' arrival in Montgomery on Tuesday. Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield is greeted by Raycom Media Camellia Bowl executive director Johnny Williams upon the Mountaineers’ arrival in Montgomery on Tuesday. Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Tuesday was a travel day for Appalachian State University football, as the Mountaineers made the short journey to Montgomery, Ala. for Saturday’s Raycom Media Camellia Bowl versus Ohio (5:30 p.m. ET – ESPN).

The Mountaineers lifted weights on Tuesday morning and ate lunch as a team before busing to Hickory Regional Airport for the hour-long flight to Montgomery.

Once in Montgomery, Appalachian State was greeted on the airport tarmac by Raycom Media Camellia Bowl executive director Johnny Williams and members of his staff before being cheered by a contingent of local fans upon its arrival to the team hotel.

Coaches and student-athletes had the evening off to explore Montgomery before resuming preparations for Saturday’s game on Wednesday.

HOME SWEET HOME: Two Appalachian State freshmen are returning to Sweet Home Alabama for this week’s Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

Defensive back Tae Hayes hails from Decatur, Ala., which located in the northern part of the state, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Montgomery. However, the Mountaineers’ true local celebrity is Montgomery native Josh Thomas.

Thomas is a prep sports legend in the area, having accounted 9,414 yards (5,190 passing, 4,224 rushing) and 97 touchdowns (35 passing, 62 rushing) as a four-year starter at quarterback for Montgomery Academy. He is also the city’s all-time leading scorer in high-school basketball with 2,719 career points.

WHAT’S ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY: Head coach Scott Satterfield and Appalachian State’s seniors will visit the Central Alabama Veterans Hospital on Wednesday morning to spend some time and offer well-wishes to injured and ill U.S. military veterans.

The afternoon is dedicated to meetings and Appalachian’s first on-site practice of the week.

In the evening, the Mountaineers will enjoy a steak and seafood dinner, presented by the Alabama Cattleman’s Association & Wintzell’s Oyster House.

McELFRESH TO APPEAR ON CHARLOTTE’S ESPN 730: Appalachian State senior wide receiver and Charlotte native Simms McElfresh will appear on The Pulse on Charlotte’s ESPN 730 AM on Thursday afternoon. The Pulse, hosted by Appalachian State alumnus Bobby Rosinski and Chris Allison, airs from 3-7 p.m. ET. Check Appalachian State athletics’ official Twitter account (@appstatesports) on Thursday afternoon for an exact time for McElfresh’s appearance.

 

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