2012 Appalachian State FOOTBALL RETURNING STUDENT-ATHLETES Troy Sanders 2012 MOUNTAINEERS ROBINSON GAME-BY-GAME passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, including a five-catch, 146-yard, 2011 S-A-T TFL Sacks QBH PBU Int. FF FR two-touchdown effort in a 27-23 win over Quince Orchard ... helped lead Damascus Virginia Tech 1-0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 to an undefeated regular season and Maryland 3A state semifinals in 2010 ... named N.C. A&T 0-1-1 0.5-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 team’s offensive MVP as a senior ... participated in 2010 Maryland Crab Bowl all-star Savannah St. 2-2-4 2.5-2 2.0-21 1 0 0 1 0 game ... coached by Eric Wallich. Chattanooga 0-2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Wofford 0-1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Personal: Full name is Joel Orville Ross ... born June 12, 1992 (20 years old) ... son of The Citadel 0-1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Nellreen and Dave Ross ... majoring in criminal justice ... aspires to be a police officer. Samford 0-3-3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Ga. Southern 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROSS’ CAREER STATISTICS Furman 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Year GP/GS Solo Asst. Total TFL-Yds. Sack-Yds. INT PBU QBH FR/FF W. Carolina 0-2-2 0.5-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 8/0 5 7 12 0.5-4 0.5-4 0 2 0 0/0 Elon 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Maine 0-1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 • DB • 6-0 • 214 • SR. CHESTER, S.C. CHESTER Exceptionally talented senior returns for his third year as a starter … has started 25-straight games over the past two seasons, the longest active streak on the team … versatile athlete combines the skills of a cover cornerback, where he started all 13 games as a sophomore, and a hard-hitting strong safety, where he earned allconference accolades last season and is expected to be the starter again this fall … despite playing in the secondary, has ranked among the team’s top four in tackles each of the past two seasons and his 150 career stops are good for third among all active Mountaineers, behind only senior linebackers Jeremy Kimbrough and Brandon Grier … is a team leader on and off the field … in addition to being a candidate for all-America recognition for his performance on the gridiron, will likely compete for academic AllAmerica accolades after being a first-team academic all-district honoree a season ago. Robinson Matt Roper 97 • DL • 6-1 • 280 • JR. RALEIGH, N.C. BROUGHTON (PRESBYTERIAN) Mid-year transfer from Presbyterian got acclimated to the program by participating in offseason conditioning and spring practice ... will add valuable depth to the defensive front and could compete for significant playing time in the fall ... has not played since 2010 so is eligible immediately despite transferring from another NCAA Division I institution mid-year ... has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Previous College: Played at Presbyterian College as a freshman and sophomore in 2009 and 2010. High School: Was an all-conference selection as a senior at Broughton H.S. in Raleigh ... recorded more than 120 tackles in final prep campaign ... won team’s Front 7 award ... two-year letterwinner ... coached by Chris Martin ... also lettered in track and field. Personal: Full name is Matthew Alexander Roper ... born Feb. 19, 1991 (21 years old) ... son of Sue and Wayne Roper ... father, Wayne, swam at East Carolina ... is active in Campus Crusade for Christ and Theta Chi fraternity ... enjoys golf ... majoring in business psychology ... plans to attend graduate school. Ross 26 • DB • 5-10 • 178 • SO. DAMASCUS, MD. DAMASCUS Appalachian is counting on promising youngster to play a prominent role in the secondary as a sophomore … turned in an impressive spring to jump over returning starter Rodger Walker on the depth chart and be listed as the starter at left cornerback going into fall camp … speedster could also fit into the team’s plans on kickoff and punt returns. 2011: Appeared in eight games as a true freshman, primarily on special teams … has 12 tackles, five of which came on kickoff coverage, good for fourth on the team … made collegiate debut with two tackles and a pass breakup against Savannah State … turned in best performance of his rookie campaign with season-high four stops and a pass breakup in defensive-dominated 14-12 win over No. 13 Chattanooga … had three tackles in homecoming win over Samford … was in on a sack in 28-21 comeback win at Elon. High School: Played both wide receiver and defensive back as a prep ... caught 21 3-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 57 2010: Started all 13 games as a sophomore — 12 at right cornerback and one at free safety ... tied for fourth on the team with 60 tackles despite spending the vast majority of the campaign at cornerback ... led all ASU defensive backs in stops ... model of consistency had at least one tackle in every game and four or more in 9-of-13 contests ... displayed a nose for the ball with seven pass break-ups, a forced fumble, two blocked kicks and two returns of blocked PATs for defensive two-point conversions ... opened the season in fashion with seven tackles and a pass break-up in come-from-behind 4241 win at Chattanooga ... turned in best performance of the year two games later with a career-high 10 stops and a field-goal block in victory over North Carolina Central ... the field-goal block came on a 33-yard attempt on the final play of the first half, which allowed ASU to keep momentum heading into the locker room ... notched first sack of his career to go along with four solo tackles and a pass break-up in win at Samford ... recorded five stops, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up in victory over The Citadel ... the PBU against The Citadel began a string of four pass break-ups in three games ... recorded his second blocked kick of the season when he batted down a PAT attempt against Furman and returned it for a defensive two-point conversion, which provided a crucial three-point swing in a tight 37-26 victory ... also tallied two pass break-ups in win over FU ... forced a fumble and notched a tackle behind the line of scrimmage in overtime loss at Georgia Southern ... scooped up a blocked extra point and returned it for his second defensive two-point conversion of the season to put the finishing touches on ASU’s 43-13 SoCon title-clinching win over No. 4 Wofford ... finished the season with a flurry of 23 stops over the final five games of the campaign, including five in the regular-season finale at Florida when he shifted from cornerback to strong safety in place of injured starter Mark LeGree ... closed season with seven tackles (five solo) against Villanova ... earned academic all-Southern Conference recognition for achievements on the field and in the classroom. 2009: Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams ... recorded 11 tackles on the season, all but two of which came on punt or kickoff coverage ... recorded season highs with three tackles apiece in wins over Chattanooga and Richmond ... saw most 11-TIME SoCon CHAMPIONS www.GoASU.com • www.PlayAtTheRock.com Joel 2011: Earned second-team all-Southern Conference honors from the league’s coaches and media … started all 12 games at strong safety in his first season at the position … ranked third on the team and 16th in the SoCon with 79 tackles … tied for third on the team with two interceptions and tied for fourth with three pass break-ups … led the team in tackles three times, including the season opener at Virginia Tech, when he made a game-high 10 stops … was one of the top defensive players in the home opener versus North Carolina A&T with five tackles, including one for loss, and a 27yard interception return that set up a Mountaineer touchdown in the Apps’ 58-6 victory … tied for the team lead with six tackles despite sitting out much of the second half in rout over Savannah State … was a big part of a defensive-dominated 14-12 win over No. 13 Chattanooga with seven tackles, two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up … had six stops and recovered a fumble at No. 8 Wofford … had just four stops in back-toback road games at The Citadel and Furman but sandwiched in between were consecutive nine-tackle performances at home against Samford and No. 1 Georgia Southern … also broke up a pass in the 24-17 win over top-ranked GSU … intercepted a pass in the loss at Furman … had five tackles and broke up a pass in win over Western Carolina … made three stops in come-from-behind victory at Elon … had a season-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, in season-ending loss to Maine … earned academic all-Southern Conference and first-team academic all-district recognition for excellence on the field and in the classroom.