I have remembered how to send out this newsletter, and it's good to be back.
All jokes aside, it's been slow on the football front, as you all know. Even with spring football practices, there just hasn't been enough going on. Spring has yet to truly spring. Thus, these email exchanges have been idle.
But this week, there's been a ton going on around Boone. There was a championship and a pro day. There's been a lot of interviews. Frankly, it's been a blast.
App State football's indoor practice facility was flooded by familiar faces on Thursday. Eight players returned to workout in front of 23 NFL teams. On top of that, former players like A.J. Howard and Kennan Gilchrist roamed around. Former strength and conditioning coach Mike Sirignano appeared, as well, to support his former athletes. I thought my eyes were tricking me for a moment.
The focal point of that day, easily, was Jalin Moore. How well would his ankle hold up? Considering he's six months removed from his broken and dislocated ankle, he looked fantastic. Scouts worked Jalin nearly all day, it felt like. He did drills carrying the ball, he caught a ton of passes, and he ran everything but the 40-yard dash. His shifts on the shuttle runs looked smooth.
It was great to see a guy like that being successful again. Jalin will forever remain one of my favorite guys to talk to. He's great in an interview too, but he's a genuine and real person. There's always a need to have those folks around.
My article from Thursday afternoon tried to recap the pro day's event. I'll have a couple more stories to follow. One will be an update on nose tackle MyQuon Stout, who's filled his time in between graduation and his NFL chance by going to work. Also, Moore and wide receiver Dominique Heath share something in common that will make for a cool story. Look for both of those sometime this month.
And lastly, in a non-football related note, the App State women's basketball team won the WBI Tournament on Wednesday. They shook off an early double-digit deficit to win in commanding fashion. The Mountaineers cut down the nets, a ceremony that started more than a year ago in the midst of losing.
Angel Elderkin earned every bit of the celebration. She's one of the best people at that school, and now she's getting the recognition that she deserves.
That's all for me right now, folks. I don't know when you'll hear (read?) from me again. But know that as the football season approaches, the newsletter will really start revving up again. I look forward to that.
Take care and thanks for reading,