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Taylor Lamb is the Model of Consistency

By Emory Hunt
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Lamb comes from a football family. Football is in his blood. It means something more to him. 

The Appalachian State Mountaineers made the move to the FBS from the FCS back in 2013. After spending a year as an Independent, the former FCS powerhouse program found an FBS home in the Sun Belt Conference.

In order to make that transition easier, you need leadership; both with coaching and on the field. The Mountaineers had the coaching part already tightened up with Head Coach Scott Satterfield. But they also hit a home run back in 2014 with their quarterback Taylor Lamb.

Lamb became the starter as a redshirt freshman and instantly made an impact on the football team, and the program for that matter, as he went on to become the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. 

That season, Lamb set Mountaineer passing records for yards (2.381) and touchdowns (17) for a freshman. In their first season as FBS members, Lamb led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 record with six straight wins over SBC members.

It’s hard for freshman to get onto the field as a collegian, even harder for quarterbacks. The fact that Lamb was able to accomplish that and have success, speaks volumes of his temperament and ability. 

So far in his career, Lamb has completed over 60% of his passes for over 8,000 yards, 71 touchdowns to only 26 interceptions, with a career passer rating of 144.5.

A lot of those traits can be traced back to his bloodlines. 

Lamb comes from a football family, as his father Bobby is the current head coach at Mercer and both of his grandfathers played college ball as well, in addition to an uncle and two cousins. Football is in his blood. It means something more to him. 

That explains why you haven’t seen a drop off in productivity from the 6’2 200lb signal caller, nor from the Mountaineers, who have been to back-to-back bowl games and bowl victories, since making the move to the FBS.

So far this season, the senior QB has his Mountaineers sitting at 2-2 on the season with an upcoming game against New Mexico State this weekend. This starts the meat of conference play for App State. 

This has been an area where they’ve done very well since 2014 going 6-2, 7-1, and 7-1, respectively. 

They already have a conference win in their pocket as they knocked off Texas State 3 weeks ago. Lamb has played a big role so far, tossing for nearly 1,000 yards, 8 touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Head Coach Scott Satterfield hopes that trend will continue as they look to make it a 3rd consecutive trip to a bowl game, and back-to-back Sun Belt Conference titles as well. 

If history is of any indication, all signs show that they’ll be well prepared by Satterfield, and well led by Lamb.

Emory Hunt - Emory Hunt, "The Czar of the Playbook", is a former UL Ragin' Cajun running back nw covering the Sun Belt for Southern Pigskin. His other work can be found at FootballGameplan.com. Twitter: @FBallGameplan