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Former App State safety A.J. Howard is heading to Louisville to work with his old Mountaineers head coach, Scott Satterfield. 

Looks like Scott Satterfield has picked up one of his former players to his Louisville staff.

The former Appalachian State coach added A.J. Howard as an analyst. Howard will fill the old spot of David Stuckman, who left the role with the Cardinals program to become the cornerbacks coach at Indiana State. Stuckman worked as a defensive quality control coach at App State in 2018. 

Howard played safety with the Mountaineers from 2014 to 2017, starting three out of the four years in a defensive backfield that also featured future NFL safety Doug Middleton and Alex Gray. During his App State career, he tallied 219 tackles and four interceptions.

Since going undrafted in 2018, Howard has spent part of the last two NFL seasons on seven practices squads: The Arizona Cardinals, the New York Giants, the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions. Howard was with the Patriots when they won the 2019 Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams. 

Howard has also taken advantage of off-field opportunities through the NFL Players Association. Last year, he did an externship with the L.A. Police Department in February. 

He joins a four-man crew of analyst at Louisville that features former Mountaineers quarterback Zeb Speir, Phillip Hicks and Pete Thomas. Hicks attended App State as an undergrad, working with the Mountaineers football program in 2013 and 2014. He returned in 2018 as a defensive graduate assistant. Thomas was grad assistant and offensive quality control coach at App State. 

Louisville went 8-5 in their first season with Satterfield, who had a 51-24 record during his six seasons at App State.

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