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Head coach Scott Satterfield and the Mountaineers held the first of 15 spring practices on Sunday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Mountaineers Open Spring Practice at KBS
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 02/07/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. — In spring-like conditions at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Appalachian State University football opened its spring practice season on Sunday.

Sunny skies greeted Appalachian State for the first of 15 spring practices allowed by the NCAA. Sunday’s opening session lasted two hours with the Mountaineers donning helmets but no pads.

One of the highlights of Sunday’s spring opener was the return of defensive back Brandon Pinckney and quarterback Jake Easter to the practice field after both missed the entire 2015 season due to knee injuries sustained during fall camp last August. Pinckney, in particular, made his presence felt right away when he intercepted a tipped pass during 7-on-7 drills early in the workout.

Although Pinckney and Easter returned to action, six Mountaineers — wide receiver Jaquil Capel, offensive lineman Jamie Collmar, defensive back Latrell Gibbs, wide receiver Shaedon Meadors, offensive lineman Beau Nunn and defensive lineman Antonious Sims — sat out while continuing to recover from injuries suffered last season. Capel, Nunn and Sims might be able to return to action at some point this spring but Collmar, Gibbs and Meadors will miss all 15 practices. All six are expected to be at 100 percent when fall camp opens in August.

With Sunday’s opener in the books, Appalachian State is scheduled to practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 2. Weather permitting, all spring practices will be held at Kidd Brewer Stadium and open to the public. Practiced moved in to the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility will be closed to public.

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