June 6, 2007

Defensive secondary leads the way

Appalachian State's defensive secondary has ranked among the Southern Conference's best for several years in a row and as it stands now they will do the same in 2007. With its major loss coming with the graduation of Jeremy Wiggins, John Wiley should be excited about what he has to put on the field again this fall.

The starting lineup will again feature two-time all-American safety Corey Lynch and senior corners Justin Woazeah and Jerome Touchstone. The only question mark at this time is who will take the place of Wiggins. Currently, two seniors, Titus Howard and Billy Riddle, are expected to compete for the right to start.

However, in a sense the "starter" tag may not hold a lot of weight when it comes to these two players. The bottom line with these two are that they both have all-conference abilities, leaving the coaches with no choice but to get each of them on the field as much as possible.

Howard completed the 2006 season with 25 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and two pass breakups. Riddle had very similar numbers as he finished the campaign with 23 tackles and one tackle-for-loss. The two continued this closeness in their performances throughout spring workouts just as they did during the season. That said, not much is expected to be different come fall camp. In fact, this could be one of the most intriguing position battles throughout camp.

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