Appalachian State announced Friday that junior running back Terrence Upshaw has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season.
Appalachian State announces that RB Terrance Upshaw has been declared academically ineligible for the 2016 season. He had 445 yards in 2015.
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Over the last couple of seasons Upshaw has provided nice depth for the Mountaineers, but has mostly ceded his time to star running back Marcus Cox. So while head coach Scott Satterfield would never want to lose any player for any reason, the depth the Mountaineers have at running back is strong.
Upshaw, a 5’10”, 210-pound junior running back from Duluth, Georgia is coming off a sophomore season in which he rushed for 442 yards and three touchdowns on 81 carries. He also recorded 46 receiving yards on three receptions.
For his career, Upshaw has compiled 1,015 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 193 carries. He also has registered 11 career receptions for 109 yards.
Given the career Cox has had, though, this is hardly a huge blow for Appalachian State.
Cox, a 5’10”, 205-pound senior running back from Dacula, Georgia is coming off a tremendous junior campaign in which he recorded 1,423 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 243 carries. He also registered 18 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
For his career, Cox has compiled an impressive 2,953 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 522 carries.
As most of the college football world knows, Appalachian State came ever so close to beating the 9th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Thursday night before losing a heart breaker in overtime.
The running of Cox was a major reason for the Mountaineers staying in the game.
Cox ended his night rushing for 115 yards on 24 carries, while adding a receiving touchdown.
Appalachian State will host Old Dominion in its next game on September 10.