From the Bench Column

It’s not all bad for App

Nine former Mountaineers on NFL rosters
By Chad Upton | Sep 05, 2013
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Not all the news was bad last weekend for Appalachian. After posting a loss at number 20 Montana in its season opener, any news would probably be good news.
Nine former Appalachian State University student-athletes are currently on National Football League rosters following the teams’ mandatory cuts on Saturday that left the regular-season limit of 53 players in each organization.
Second-year running back Travaris Cadet (New Orleans Saints), fourth-year wide receiver Armanti Edwards(Carolina Panthers), eighth-year defensive end Jason Hunter (Oakland Raiders), third-year offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore (San Francisco 49ers), rookie punter Sam Martin (Detroit Lions), rookie defensive back Demetrius McCray (Jacksonville Jaguars), second-year wide receiver Brian Quick (St. Louis Rams) and third-year linebacker D.J. Smith (San Diego Chargers) have made their respective teams coming out of training camp.
Additionally, rookie linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough remains with the Washington Redskins but will spend the 2013 campaign on the injured reserve after undergoing season-ending surgery for a shoulder injury sustained during the team’s preseason opener versus the Tennessee Titans.
Besides this news, it was also announced Monday that on the strength of a game-high-tying 12 tackles in last Saturday’s season opener at Montana, Appalachian State inside linebacker John Law was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week. Law’s 12 tackles included a sack and a tackle for loss. He also made perhaps the defensive play of the game when he stuffed Montana running back Jordan Canada for no gain on fourth-and-one from the App State 19 yard line to thwart a scoring threat on the Grizzlies’ opening possession.
Law is only the second defensive player from Appalachian State to be named SoCon Freshman of the Week since 2004 (joining current Mountaineer defensive end Ronald Blair, who earned the honor in 2011).
Law and the Mountaineers open the home portion of their 2013 schedule on Saturday when they host North Carolina A&T. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.  Sean Price, sophomore receiver and All-American candidate, continues to serve an unspecified suspension for the Mountaineers.  His return should come in the next few games after sitting out for an arrest in August.  
Price was arrested by Boone Police and charged with public intoxication.  “I’d like to say ‘I’m sorry’ to my teammates and coaches, (Appalachian State Chancellor) Dr. (Kenneth) Peacock and the campus and local communities for the ill-advised decisions that I made that led to my suspension,” Price said in a university statement. “My actions were ill-advised and immature and don’t reflect how I want to represent my team and my school. I hope to have the opportunity to return to the field and represent Appalachian State in a positive way.”