BOONE, N.C. – Seven App State Mountaineers have been named to the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000, a preseason watch list that the Shrine Bowl will use to serve as a look into its scouting process, as well as begin to preview college players who are currently eligible for the annual all-star game and the 2023 NFL Draft class.
Making the list from Boone were quarterback Chase Brice, outside linebacker Nick Hampton, outside linebacker Brendan Harrington, offensive tackle Cooper Hodges, cornerback Steven Jones Jr., cornerback Dexter Lawson Jr., and running back Camerun Peoples.
The seven selections were the most of any Sun Belt school (Louisiana was next with five).
These App State veterans have already begun racking up preseason honors this summer.
Jones, a first-team All-America pick last year after leading the nation with three pick-sixes among his five interceptions, has been named a preseason second-team All-American by Walter Camp and has garnered preseason first-team All-Sun Belt accolades from Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele.
Hampton and Hodges have also been named first-team all-league by all three preseason magazines. Peoples, Brice and Harrington have received preseason all-league status treatment as well.
Lawson is a transfer cornerback from Central Connecticut State. He snagged eight interceptions over his final 19 games for CCSU before moving to Boone this summer.
Past East-West Shrine Bowl participants from App State include Stan Anderson (1940), Robert Anderson (1969), Dexter Jackson (2007), Ronald Blair (2016), Davante Harris (2016), Doug Middleton (2016), Marcus Cox (2017) and Shaun Jolly (2021).
Moving forward from a 10-win season in which the Mountaineers captured a Sun Belt East division title, App State begins fall practice August 5 and will open the season at home against North Carolina on Sept. 3.