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What could be next for FCS’s best?

December 16, 2007

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After a 49-21 victory Friday against Delaware for the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision title, Appalachian State is on an unprecedented roll. No FCS program has won three straight championships, as the Mountaineers now have. Can Appalachian State make it four in a row next season? Here's what the Mountaineers can look forward to:

More Armanti Edwards: Appalachian State will have the best player in the FCS in Edwards, a sophomore quarterback this season who might also receive some preseason mention as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Filling holes: The offensive line and defensive secondary take the biggest hits to graduation. Two of the great players in Mountaineers history - offensive tackle Kerry Brown and safety Corey Lynch - must be replaced, as must center Scott Suttle and the rest of the secondary. Kicker Julian Rauch is also a senior.

New faces: One disadvantage of going deep into the playoffs? Coach Jerry Moore and his staff haven't been out recruiting. Appalachian probably needs to find a backup for Edwards. Tight end Ben Jorden, who redshirted this season, could step into the starting lineup.

Conference competition: The Mountaineers will be among the favorites in the Southern Conference, along with Georgia Southern and Elon. Quarterback Scott Riddle of Elon will challenge Edwards for league player of the year.

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