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Appalachian State Mountaineers
2021 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team
Appalachian State Mountaineers logo.svg
First season1928
Athletic directorDoug Gillin
Head coachShawn Clark
1st season, 9–3 (.750)
StadiumKidd Brewer Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Year built1962
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationBoone, North Carolina
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
Past conferencesSouthern
All-time record636–341–28 (.647)
Bowl record6–0 (1.000)
Playoff appearancesDiv. I FCS: 20
Playoff recordDiv. I FCS: 24–17
Claimed national titlesDiv. I FCS: 3 (2005–2007)
Conference titles22
Division titles2
RivalriesGeorgia Southern (rivalry)
Western Carolina-dormant (rivalry)
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
Fight songHi Hi Yikas
Marching bandMarching Mountaineers

The Appalachian State Mountaineers football team is the college football program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.[2] The Mountaineers have competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Sun Belt Conference since 2014.[3] Appalachian plays its home games in Kidd Brewer Stadium, named after former head coach Kidd Brewer, whose 1937 squad was unbeaten and unscored upon during the regular season.[4]

The Mountaineers competed in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) from its founding in 1978 to 2013. They won three straight national championships from 2005 to 2007, the first FCS team to do so since the playoffs began in 1978. They were also the first Division I program to win three consecutive national championships since Army accomplished the feat from 1944 to 1946,[5] and the first Division I school in the modern era to claim three straight undisputed national titles.[6] Appalachian became the first FCS team to receive votes in the final Associated Press (AP) college football poll on January 8, 2008.[7] The Mountaineers received five points in the poll.[8]

Through its history, the App State football program has won over 550 games, claimed three national championships and appeared in the Division-I FCS playoffs 20 times. The Mountaineers have 19 conference championships and have one of the nation's best home field advantages. The program also has one Walter Payton Award winner, Armanti Edwards, who was the first player to win the award in back-to-back years (2008, 2009).[9]

On October 21, 2018, the Mountaineers became ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, ranking at number 25. This was the team's first time being nationally ranked.[10]


Early history (1928–1970)[edit]

Appalachian State began playing organized football in 1928. The coach that first year was Graydon Eggers.[11] The Mountaineers competed as an independent before joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) North State Conference as a charter member in 1931.[12] Kidd Brewer was the head coach of the Mountaineers from 1935 to 1938, leading the team to two postseason bowl games. Brewer's 1937 squad is best remembered for going unbeaten and unscored upon during the regular season, outscoring opponents 206–0 before losing a postseason game to Southern Miss, 7–0.[4][11] Appalachian found continued success under coach E. C. Duggins (1947–50 and 1952–55). During Duggins' eight years as coach, the Mountaineers claimed three more North State Conference championships and played in seven bowl games.[11] The Mountaineers again competed as an independent from 1968 to 1971 before joining the Southern Conference.

Jim Duncan served as Appalachian State's head coach from 1960 to 1964, compiling a 31–15–2 record.[13] Duncan was succeeded by Carl Messere, who compiled a 34–26–1 record from 1965 to 1970.[14]

Jim Brakefield era (1971–1979)[edit]

Wofford head coach Jim Brakefield was hired as Appalachian State's head football coach in 1971.[15] He led the Mountaineers into the Southern Conference in his first season.[16] Brakefield led the Mountaineers to three losing seasons in four years en route to a 47–48–4 record at Appalachian State,[17][18] however, a 3–8 campaign in 1979[19] resulted in his dismissal.[18][20] [21] However, Brakefield's 1975 team won impressive victories over Wake Forest (19–17) and South Carolina (35–34) in 1975.

Mike Working era (1980–1982)[edit]

Mike Working served as the 16th head football coach in Appalachian State football history from 1980 to 1982.[22] Under Working, the Mountaineers compiled a record of 13–18–2 and never were able to sustain consistency. Working was fired following back to back seven-loss seasons in 1981 and 1982.[23][24]

Mack Brown (1983)[edit]

Coach Brown

Mack Brown was hired as Appalachian State's head coach in 1983, his first such role. Brown previously served as LSU's quarterbacks coach and led Appalachian State to a 6–5 record in his only season.[25]

In December 1983, he was seriously considered for the head coaching position at LSU which had been vacated after Jerry Stovall was fired, but the position instead went to Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger. However, Brown chose to leave Appalachian State to accept the position of offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under head coach Barry Switzer.[26]

Sparky Woods era (1984–1988)[edit]

Following Brown's departure, Appalachian State promoted assistant coach Sparky Woods to head coach. Appalachian State won the first of nine Southern Conference championships in 1986 under Woods, who also led the Mountaineers into the playoffs for the first time that year.[11] Another conference championship and playoff appearance followed in 1987. Woods won the Wallace Wade Coach of the Year Award three straight years in 1985, 1986, and 1987, becoming the only coach in conference history to do so.[27] Woods, who compiled a 38–19–2 record at Appalachian State, left to accept the head coaching position at South Carolina after five seasons.[28]

Jerry Moore era (1989–2012)[edit]

Coach Moore

Arkansas assistant coach Jerry Moore was hired as the Mountaineer's 19th coach in 1989.[29] Moore is the winningest coach in conference history,[30] and under his leadership the Mountaineers have won seven conference championships. In addition, the Mountaineers have posted nineteen winning campaigns to go with one losing season during his tenure, allowing Moore to claim Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors a record six times.[31] He was also the 2006 recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the division's most outstanding coach.[32] Under the stewardship of Moore, players such as two-time Buck Buchanan Award winner Dexter Coakley have gone on to play in the National Football League.

Appalachian State became the first team since the playoffs began in 1978 to win three straight national titles in 2005,[33] 2006,[34] and 2007,[35] and the first team to accomplish the feat since Army in 1944, 1945, and 1946.[36] They are also the first Division I school in modern times to claim three straight undisputed national titles.[37]

On September 1, 2007, in what was hailed as one of the biggest upsets in American sports history,[38][39] the Mountaineers shocked the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 34–32. Most people predicted that Michigan was going to win by a large margin—in fact, the unofficial odds were that Michigan was going to win by 33 points.[40] The win helped Appalachian State become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the final Associated Press (AP) college football poll on January 8, 2008.[41] The Mountaineers received five points in the poll, tying South Florida for 34th.[42] The conclusion of the 2008 season saw quarterback Armanti Edwards win Appalachian's first Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the most outstanding offensive player.[43]

On December 2, 2012, after a first-round home playoff loss to Illinois State, athletics director Charlie Cobb announced that Moore would not return for the 2013 season. According to a press release issued by the ASU athletic department, Cobb stated that he and Moore agreed after the end of the 2011 season that the 2012 season would be Moore's last as head coach, but chose not to make an announcement until that time.[44] However, several days later, Moore claimed that there had been a communication gap, and that he had wanted to coach for one more season (i.e., 2013).[45]

Scott Satterfield era (2013–2018)[edit]

Coach Satterfield

On December 14, 2012, Scott Satterfield was named head coach of the Appalachian State football program.[46] Satterfield had spent 15 seasons as an assistant in the Mountaineers program. As the offensive coordinator, he was responsible for much of the program's success.

In 2013, the Mountaineers began a two-year transition from the FCS to college football's premier FBS level.[47] Because of this, the program was declared ineligible for FCS postseason play. Appalachian State's first year of FBS play would come in 2014 as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. However, per NCAA rules, the Mountaineers would not be eligible for the FBS post-season until 2015.

The first game of App State's inaugural FBS season was a rematch of the 2007 Appalachian State vs. Michigan football game. However, this time, the Michigan Wolverines won in a 52–14 blowout. The Mountaineers had their first home game of the season the following week in a win against Campbell. App State would lose its next four contests. After a 1–5 start, the Mountaineers rallied and won the final six games of their 2014 season. The team finished 7–5 overall (6–2 Sun) with a third place conference finish in their first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Appalachian State opened the 2015 season with a 49–0 pounding of Howard before losing to Clemson.[48] After their 1–1 start, the Mountaineers won six straight but fell short to the eventual Sun Belt champion, Arkansas State, on November 5.[49] The team rallied, finished the regular season 10–2 and received a bid to play in the Camellia Bowl against an 8–4 Ohio. The Mountaineers overcame their opposition 31–29 becoming the first team in Sun Belt history to win 11 games in one season. This win was also historic as it marked the first time a former FCS team won a bowl game in their first season of bowl eligibility.[50]

On November 24, 2015 Miami confirmed rumors they have scheduled a home-and-home series with Appalachian State.[51] The first game was played in Kidd Brewer Stadium on September 17, 2016, and marked the Mountaineers' first home game against a power five opponent in modern history.[52] The second game will be played in Sun Life Stadium on September 11, 2021.[53]

In 2016, the Mountaineers finished with a 10–3 record.[54]

In 2018, Appalachian State was ranked in the FBS for the first time in its history after starting out 5–1 in the 2018 season; its only recorded loss was to Penn State in an overtime game. They would promptly lose their next game and their ranking.[55] The Mountaineers would end the 2018 season as Sun Belt Conference Champions.[56] Satterfield would be named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.[57] It was the Mountaineers' 3rd Conference championship in a row and their first outright championship in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship game hosted in Boone on December 1, 2018. On December 4, 2018 Scott Satterfield was confirmed to be the next head coach[58] at The University of Louisville Cardinal Football program in the ACC. Assistant Head Coach Mark Ivey would be named interim Head Coach[59] and would go on to coach the Mountaineers for the 2018 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders (43–13) December 15, 2018. Ivey would not be retained as head coach of the Mountaineers[60] The Mountaineers ended their season 11–2,[61] 4-peat Bowl Game champs, and 3-peat conference champs.

Eliah Drinkwitz era (2019)[edit]

Eliah Drinkwitz was hired by Appalachian State on December 13, 2018.[62] He was previously the offensive coordinator for NC State.[63]

On October 27, 2019, the Appalachian State Mountaineers received the highest ranking in their history,[citation needed] as well as the highest ranking of any Sun Belt Team at No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll[64] and at No. 20 in the AP Poll[65] after starting (7–0) with a win over UNC Chapel Hill.

After an 12–1 regular season and a win over Louisiana in the Sun Belt Championship Game, Drinkwitz was hired away to become the new head coach at Missouri.[66]

Shawn Clark era (2019 – present)[edit]

Shawn Clark was hired as the 22nd head coach in program history on December 13, 2019. Clark, a 1998 graduate of the university, played under Moore and coached under Satterfield and during Drinkwitz's lone season in Boone. He led the Mountaineers to a 31–17 victory over UAB Blazers in the New Orleans Bowl.[67]

Conference affiliations[edit]


National championships[edit]

Appalachian's National Championship trophies

Appalachian has won three national championships[33][34][35] in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, at the time, the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament to determine its champion. The Mountaineers became the fifth program in FCS history to reach the national title game three straight years joining Eastern Kentucky (1979–82), Georgia Southern (1988–90 and 1998–2000), Marshall (1991–93) and Youngstown State (1991–94).[68] Appalachian also had a 13-game postseason winning streak,[69] a record for consecutive wins in contiguous years that ended with a loss to Richmond in 2008.[70][71]

Year Coach Selector Record CG Opponent Result
2005 Jerry Moore NCAA 16 Team playoff[72] 12–3 Northern Iowa W 21–16
2006 Jerry Moore NCAA 16 Team playoff[73] 14–1 Massachusetts W 28–17
2007 Jerry Moore NCAA 16 Team playoff[74] 13–2 Delaware W 49–21

Conference championships[edit]

Appalachian State has won 22 conference titles, 16 outright and six shared. Before leaving the Southern Conference in 2014, the Mountaineers had won 10 conference titles, placing them second in the league's history. The Furman Paladins lead the SoCon with 12 championships.

The Mountaineer football team gathers on the sideline
Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Coach
1931 North State 9–2–2 3–0 C. B. Johnson
1937 North State 8–1–1 5–0 Kidd Brewer
1939 North State 7–1–2 3–0–1 Flucie Stewart
1948 North State 8–1–1 7–0–1 E. C. Duggins
1950 North State 9–2–1 7–0–1 E. C. Duggins
1954 North State 8–3 6–0 E. C. Duggins
1986 Southern 9–2–1 6–0–1 Sparky Woods
1987 Southern 11–3 7–0 Sparky Woods
1991 Southern 8–4 6–1 Jerry Moore
1995 Southern 12–1 8–0 Jerry Moore
1999† Southern 9–3 7–1 Jerry Moore
2005 Southern 12–3 6–1 Jerry Moore
2006 Southern 14–1 7–0 Jerry Moore
2007† Southern 13–2 5–2 Jerry Moore
2008 Southern 11–3 8–0 Jerry Moore
2009 Southern 11–3 8–0 Jerry Moore
2010† Southern 9–2 7–1 Jerry Moore
2012† Southern 8–3 6–2 Jerry Moore
2016† Sun Belt 9–3 7–1 Scott Satterfield
2017† Sun Belt 8–4 7–1 Scott Satterfield
2018 Sun Belt 11–2 7–1 Scott Satterfield
2019 Sun Belt 12–1 7–1 Eliah Drinkwitz

† Co-champions

Division championships[edit]

Season Division Coach Conf Record Overall Record Opponent Sun Belt CG Result
2018 Sun Belt East Scott Satterfield 7–1 10–2 Louisiana W 30–19
2019 Sun Belt East Eliah Drinkwitz 7–1 12–1 Louisiana W 45–38

Bowl games[edit]

The Mountaineers' have played in 15 bowl games; their record so far is 9–6. Their first nine bowl games are listed in NCAA records, but the games were not considered NCAA-sanctioned bowls. In the modern era, they are the only former FCS team to win a bowl game every season after completing a move to FBS, with a record of 6–0.[75][76]

Date Coach Bowl Opponent Result
November 26, 1937 Kidd Brewer Doll and Toy Charity Game Southern Mississippi L 0–7
December 3, 1938 Kidd Brewer unnamed Moravian College W 20–0
November 20, 1948 E. C. Duggins Burley Bowl West Chester L 2–7
December 10, 1949dagger E. C. Duggins Pythian Bowl Catawba College W 21–7
November 23, 1950 E. C. Duggins Burley Bowl Emory and Henry College L 6–26
December 9, 1950 E. C. Duggins Pythian Bowl West Liberty State College L 26–28
November 25, 1954 E. C. Duggins Burley Bowl East Tennessee State W 28–13
December 11, 1954 E. C. Duggins Elks Bowl Newberry College L 13–20
November 19, 1955 E. C. Duggins Burley Bowl East Tennessee State L 0–7
December 19, 2015 Scott Satterfield Camellia Bowl Ohio W 31–29
December 17, 2016 Scott Satterfield Camellia Bowl Toledo W 31–28
December 23, 2017 Scott Satterfield Dollar General Bowl Toledo W 34–0
December 15, 2018 Mark Ivey New Orleans Bowl Middle Tennessee W 45–13
December 21, 2019 Shawn Clark New Orleans Bowl UAB W 31–17
December 21, 2020 Shawn Clark Myrtle Beach Bowl North Texas W 56–28

daggerNCAA records list the date of the first Pythian Bowl as "11-26-1949",[76] which is inconsistent with contemporary newspaper reports.[77][78]

Head coaches[edit]

Coach Tenure Seasons Record Conf. record Conf. champs Bowl games National titles
Graydon Eggers 1928 1 3–6
C. B. Johnson 1929–1932 4 26–9–7 5–1 1
Eugene Garbee 1933–1934 2 10–6–1 2–0
Kidd Brewer 1935–1938 4 30–5–3 12–2–1 1 2
Flucie Stewart 1939, 1946 2 13–4–2 7–1–1 1
R. W. "Red" Watkins 1940–1941 2 10–9 4–5
Beattie Feathers 1942 1 5–2–1 2–2
Francis Hoover 1945 1 1–6 1–3
E. C. Duggins 1947–1950, 1952–1955 8 57–25–3 40–13–2 3 7
Press Mull 1951 1 6–3 3–3
Bob Broome 1956–1958 3 13–16 9–9
Bob Breitenstein 1959 1 6–4 5–1
Jim Duncan 1960–1964 5 31–15–2 20–6–2
Carl Messere 1965–1970 6 34–26–1 10–10
Jim Brakefield 1971–1979 9 47–48–4 19–20–2
Mike Working 1980–1982 3 13–18–2 8–11–2
Mack Brown 1983 1 6–5 4–3
Sparky Woods 1984–1988 5 38–19–2 25–9–1 2
Jerry Moore 1989–2012 24 215–87 144–40 10 3
Scott Satterfield 2013–2018 6 51–24 38–10 3 3
Eliah Drinkwitz 2019 1 12–1 7–1 1
Shawn Clark 2019 1 4–1 1–0 1
Note: Appalachian did not field a team in 1943 or 1944.


Georgia Southern[edit]

Appalachian State enjoys a Sun Belt Conference rivalry with Georgia Southern. Appalachian State holds an 19–15–1 lead through the 2020 season.[79]

Western Carolina[edit]

Known as the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug, Appalachian State played Western Carolina in a regional rivalry game from 1932 to 2013. The only years in that period in which the game was not played were 1942 to 1945, during U.S. involvement in World War II. In 1976, a traveling trophy known as the Old Mountain Jug was created from an old moonshine jug.[80] Appalachian's record in games played is 59–18–1, and 31–7 in the Jug era. The Mountaineers hold the trophy, having won each of the last nine games (2005–2013) and 26 of the last 28.[citation needed][81][when?] No further games in the rivalry are scheduled following Appalachian's move to the Sun Belt Conference.


College Field (1928–61)[edit]

College Field was the home of Appalachian football from 1928 to 1961. Located at the future site of Rankin Hall and Edwin Duncan Hall, the stadium was replaced by Kidd Brewer Stadium in 1962.

Kidd Brewer Stadium (1962–present)[edit]

Kidd Brewer Stadium with over 28,000 in attendance

Opened in 1962, Kidd Brewer Stadium was originally named Conrad Stadium after former university trustee and R.J. Reynolds executive William J. Conrad.[4] The stadium was renamed in 1988 for Kidd Brewer who coached the Mountaineers from 1935 to 1938. Nicknamed "The Rock", it sits at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000 m) but is measured at 3,333 feet (1,016 m) for NCAA qualifications.[4] The stadium was the first venue in either North or South Carolina to install artificial turf. On October 3, 1970, the Mountaineers and Elon Fightin' Christians staged the first ever game played on turf in the Carolinas.[4] After a 2002 First Round I-AA playoff loss to Maine,[4] Appalachian compiled a 30-game unbeaten streak at Kidd Brewer Stadium that ended on October 20, 2007.[82]

The Mountaineers led the FCS in average attendance throughout the 2007, 2008, and 2010 seasons. Kidd Brewer saw average crowds of 24,219, 25,161 and 25,715 respectively.[83][84]


Completed in 2009, the stadium has seen extensive renovations as part of a $50 million facilities improvement campaign. An upper deck with additional seating for 4,400 was added to the east (visitor) stands prior to the 2008 season.[85] Additional restrooms and concessions have been added. Most significantly, rising behind the west (home) stands and replacing the former pressbox facilities, the 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) KBS Complex was completed before the start of the 2009 season.[85] The KBS Complex includes new stadium entrance plaza, strength and conditioning rooms, a hydrotherapy room, locker rooms, athletics offices, stadium suites and club seating.[86]

On February 28, 2017, the Appalachian State athletics office announced a construction project to increase the size of the video display board in Kidd-Brewer Stadium. The proposed video board will be approximately 2,500 square feet (50' x 90'), with LED display, 13HD technology and a Daktronics custom audio system integrated into the video board. The cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $60 million and be completed prior to the 2017 season.[87]

Appalachian State University is constructing a new Field House in the North End-zone to replace the 45-year-old Owens Field House which was demolished in February 2019. The new field house project has a budget of $45 million and will add 1000 new seats to Kidd Brewer Stadium. The new field house will include athletic training, hydrotherapy and locker rooms, and nutrition science research areas, as well as conference and continuing education training space, potential medical office space, dining facilities, a team store and ticketing office, and offices for coaches and athletics staff. The project is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 Football Season.[88]

Notable games[edit]

2002 Furman Paladins[edit]

The Miracle on the Mountain took place at Kidd Brewer Stadium on October 12, 2002, and was selected as the "ABC Sports Radio Call of the Year."[89] In a low-scoring affair, the Paladins elected to attempt a two-point conversion after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 7 seconds left in the game. Leading 15–14, Furman quarterback Billy Napier's pass was intercepted by Josh Jeffries at the 4-yard line. He lateraled the ball to Derrick Black who returned it for a score giving the Mountaineers a 16–15 win.[90]

Appalachian State and Michigan at the line of scrimmage

2007 Michigan Wolverines[edit]

On September 1, 2007, the Appalachian State football team traveled to Ann Arbor to play their season opener at the University of Michigan. A sellout crowd of over 109,000 fans packed Michigan Stadium, becoming the largest crowd to ever witness an ASU football game. Appalachian State beat Michigan 34–32 and became the first FCS football team to defeat an FBS team ranked in the AP poll.[91] This victory was seen by some analysts to be one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history.[92][93][94][95] Following the win, they were featured on the cover of the following week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

2008 LSU Tigers[edit]

On August 30, 2008, Appalachian State opened its football season at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana against NCAA Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A) defending national champion Louisiana State University. The game, which was broadcast on ESPN Classic, was the first ever between defending FBS and FCS National Championship teams. The game against the Mountaineers saw the Tigers claim an early lead and victory by a score of 41–13.[citation needed]

2018 Sun Belt Championship[edit]

On December 1, 2018, Appalachian State played in the first inaugural Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina, against NCAA Division I FBS opponent University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This game, which was broadcast on ESPN, was the first ever time in Sun Belt Conference history that the conference held a championship game. The game against the Ragin' Cajuns saw the Mountaineers come out on top 30–19.[citation needed] This gave the Mountaineers a berth to the New Orleans Bowl on December 15, 2018.

2019 North Carolina Tar Heels[edit]

On September 21, 2019, the Mountaineers defeated North Carolina. Appalachian entered the game as a 3-point underdog against UNC and their returning coach Mack Brown.[96] UNC opened the game with a long kick off return followed by a one play touchdown to take the lead 7–0. App State responded with 20 unanswered points including a Demetrius Taylor fumble recovery for a touchdown and Darrynton Evans rushing touchdown set up by Demtrius Taylor's interception. UNC came back to cut the halftime score to 27–17 in favor of Appalachian State. UNC scored first in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 27–24. The Mountaineers responded with a 4 play touchdown drive capped with Darrynton Evans' 3rd rushing touchdown of the game. UNC scored again in the 4th quarter and kept Appalachians offense in check, bringing the score to 34–31 Mountaineers in the final minutes. With 40 seconds left UNC drove down the field and lined up to attempt a 56-yard field with 5 seconds left. App State linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither burst through the line and tipped the ball to solidify the Mountaineer victory.

Individual award winners[edit]

National award winners – players[edit]

National award winners – coaches[edit]

National Coach of the Year
2006: Jerry Moore
National Coach of the Year
2005: Jerry Moore
2006: Jerry Moore
2007: Jerry Moore[99]

Southern Conference honors[edit]

Sun Belt Conference honors[edit]

Other awards and honors[edit]

Kirkland Blocking Trophy

1964: Larry Hand[101]

National Statistical Champion

1936: Len Wilson (scoring)
1974: Joe Parker (punting)
1979: Rick Beasley (receiving)
1991: Harold Alexander (punting)
1992: Harold Alexander (punting)
2004: DaVon Fowlkes (receptions, receiving yards, all-purpose yards)[102][103]

Hall of Fame selections[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Number Player Position Tenure Year of retirement
23 John Settle RB 1983–1986 1986
32 Dexter Coakley LB 1993–1996 2005
38 Dino Hackett LB 1982–1985 2005
71 Larry Hand DE, DT 1960–1964 2006

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of January 27, 2020.[105]

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Morgan State vs. East Carolina1 North Carolina Gardner–Webb East Tennessee State South Carolina at East Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte at Charlotte
at Wake Forest at Miami (FL) at Texas A&M at North Carolina at Clemson at Liberty Charlotte at South Carolina Marshall
at Wisconsin Elon at Marshall East Carolina at East Carolina
UMass Marshall The Citadel at Wyoming Liberty
  1. The 2021 game with East Carolina will be held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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