College football never stops.
The national title game between Alabama and Georgia was less than a month ago. It has only been the college football offseason for a couple of weeks.
On Monday, the offseason officially ends for one program. Appalachian State will begin spring practice on Monday.
There are early start dates for spring ball and then there is this. The Mountaineers will get practice going two days before National Signing Day.
“We like to piggyback off the fall,” Mountaineers' fifth-year head coach Scott Satterfield said via press release. “You remember a lot and can pick up where you left off with a shorter break. We'll focus on fundamentals; blocking, tackling, angles, and leverage. We're fortunate to have kept our staff together, so you don't have a learning curve and can get to work pretty quickly.”
Appalachian State will conclude spring ball on March 4 and won't hold a spring game. Last year, they started on February 7 and wrapped up on March 5.
To put that in perspective, a large bulk of FBS programs won't have even started spring practice by that point.
“The time after spring practice pays dividends in the fall,” Satterfield said. “We get four full months with Coach Mike (Sirignano)in the weight room to build for the season. Sometimes you lose a little during five weeks of spring ball.”
When you look at App State's on-field results, it is tough to argue with their approach. The Mountaineers are 30-9 over the last three years with a three-game bowl win streak.
App State will open its 2018 season at Penn State on September 1.