Appalachian State concluded spring practices last week, the commencement of a season featuring heavy expectations.

After 11 wins, a Sun Belt Conference championships and a fourth straight bowl game victory, the Mountaineers bring back most of last year's successful core. Eliah Drinkwitz, App State's first-year coach, saw the team's defense continue to thrive and an offense build up quality as each day moved along.

Appalachian will be veteran heavy in 2019 — 17 starters are back, and all will at least juniors. But there are some young guys who seem poised to play big minutes next season.

Here are five players, either freshman or sophomore, that stood out in Mountaineers' open practices:

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