Chase Brice Has Shown Improvement In 2021

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Chase Brice isn’t a name we’ve heard a lot of since his days of backing up current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Brice is now on his third program in three years, most recently transferring from Duke to Appalachian State, where he seems to have found the perfect landing spot. And really, that’s probably more of an understatement.

The quarterback received his fair share of the spotlight, and rightfully so, after he completed 18-of-28 passes for 347 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions in App State’s 30-27 victory over a No. 14-ranked Coastal Carolina team. Needless to say, App State head coach Shawn Clark liked a lot of what he saw from the former Clemson signal-caller, who appears to have returned to the high level of play we saw from him in his earlier days.

“I thought he had great poise in the pocket,” Clark said. “He had great touch on the football and he made good decisions when he pulled the ball (and ran). We’re glad he’s on our football team. He’s a true Mountaineer.”

The victory marked the Mountaineers’ first over a ranked opponent since 2007, and with the win, they’ve progressed to 5-2—hardly a bad start to the season. Brice has talked about wanting to flip the script and some of the things that get written about him, and he’s done everything to deserve that—between the team’s win total overall, his apparent progression, and how much of a difference-maker he was in making Mountaineers history that night against the Chanticleers. And now, there’s a chance that, depending on how the rest of the season goes, Coastal Carolina could be kept out of the championship game with App State sitting atop the East division in the conference.

So far this season, Brice has completed 66.2% of his passes for 1,840 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s also carried the ball 34 times for 72 yards with two touchdowns on the ground. This shows improvement in multiple areas, including accuracy—Brice’s highest single-season completion percentage of his career is 62.7% from when he completed 32-of-51 passes for Clemson in obviously more limited action back in 2018.

Players like Mountaineers wide receiver Malik Williams absolutely had a day as well, but dimes like this from Brice deserve every bit of the attention.

And Brice is no stranger to big-time moments—he did at Clemson before, too.

Brice and the Mountaineers will look to stay on the up as they face Louisiana-Monroe up next on the schedule, with Arkansas State, South Alabama, Troy, and Georgia Southern left to play down the home stretch.

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Crissy Froyd

Feature Writer

Crissy Froyd is a graduating senior at LSU, also serving as the managing editor of the LSU division of USA TODAY SMG. Crissy has specialized primarily in quarterback analysis and features for the better part of her career and covers the Tennessee Titans in addition to the LSU Tigers.