Dec. 8, 2014. Legendary former head coach Jerry Moore officially becomes Appalachian State University’s second representative in the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 9 when he is formally inducted as part of the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.
Full coverage of Tuesday’s events, including a morning press conference and that evening’s awards show, will be carried live on ESPN3. The press conference, moderated by Bonnie Bernstein, begins at 9 a.m. with the College Football Hall of Fame class expected to take the podium at 9:45 a.m. The awards show, emceed by Rece Davis, begins at 8 p.m.
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Moore compiled a 215-87 record and won three NCAA Division I FCS national championships (2005, 2006 and 2007) in 24 seasons as head coach at Appalachian State (1989-2012). He will join 2011 inductee Dexter Coakley as the Mountaineers’ representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Moore was honored for his upcoming induction with an on-campus salute prior to Appalachian’sOct. 4 home game versus South Alabama.
2007 MOUNTAINEERS VOTED GREATEST TEAM IN NORTH CAROLINA SPORTS HISTORY:
In a state rich with achievements in sports, Appalachian State’s 2007 football squad has been voted the Greatest Team in North Carolina Sports History in a poll conducted by the Triad Business Journal and American National Bank.
Triad Business Journal selected 16 candidates for the title and let readers vote for the greatest team in the history of the state in a bracket-style competition. The 2007 Mountaineers easily outdistanced notable men’s basketball national-championship teams from NC State (1974) and North Carolina (1982) in the voting to claim the title.
Appalachian State opened the 2007 campaign with one of the most memorable wins in sports history — a 34-32 victory over No. 5 Michigan. The Mountaineers closed their 13-2 campaign by routing Delaware (led by current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco), 49-21, for their third-straight NCAA Division I FCS national championship.
BRYANT TO TRANSFER AFTER GRADUATION:
Junior quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) has elected to finish his collegiate playing career at another institution after he graduates from Appalachian State in May, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Friday.
Bryant started 10 games at quarterback for the Mountaineers over the past two seasons and accounted for 3,203 yards of total offense (2,967 passing, 236 rushing) and 22 touchdowns (18 passing, four rushing) in 18 career games. He owns a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio for his career (18 touchdowns, six interceptions).
In 2013, he started eight games and set an Appalachian State single-season record by completing 71.2 percent of his passes (237-of-333). He also threw 2,713 yards in ’13, the most in school history by a sophomore.
“I can’t say enough good things about Kam,” Satterfield said. “He’s a great player and an even better young man who represented Appalachian State the right way on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I am proud that he will graduate from Appalachian State in May and wish him nothing but the best for the rest of his playing career and beyond.”
Bryant is an honors student as a risk management and insurance major at Appalachian State. Since he is graduating from Appalachian in May, he will be immediately eligible to play wherever he chooses to pursue graduate studies. NCAA policy grants immediate eligibility to FBS student-athletes who transfer following graduation, even if they transfer to another FBS institution.
Bryant has one season of eligibility remaining but could choose to pursue a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, he played only 13 snaps as a redshirt freshman in 2012 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
“I want to say thanks to App State and all the fans for a great experience here,” Bryant said. “The relationships that I’ve built with my teammates is special and my time here has allowed me to grow on and off the field.”