BOONE — Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore has seen his share of injuries during his collegiate career with the Mountaineers.
His latest, a fracture and dislocation of his right ankle suffered in App State’s 35-9 win over Arkansas State on Oct. 9, will keep him out for the rest of the season. Moore violently twisted his ankle against the Red Wolves while on his way to the Mountaineers’ first touchdown of the game.
He was carried off the field in a cart and had an MRI done on Oct. 10. Moore is looking at surgery some time next week, but it hasn’t been scheduled yet.
“He’s going to have surgery,” Mountaineers head coach Scott Satterfield said. “He’s going to have a full recovery on it, but it’s going to take a while so he’s going to be out for the rest of the year.”
Moore leaves after gaining 400 yards rushing and scoring six touchdowns on 63 attempts this season. He also has six receptions for 40 yards.
Moore has missed games before. He battled illness and numerous injuries last season, but recovered to come back and finished with 1,037 yards rushing in 11 games in 2017.
There is no shortage of running backs on the roster to replace him. Darrynton Evans is second on the team in rushing with 233 yards and D’Andre Hicks, a redshirt freshman, is fourth after quarterback Zac Thomas with 178 yards and a touchdown.
But not having Moore in the lineup hurts, according to Satterfield.
“He’s a really good leader for our football team,” Satterfield said. “One position that we do have some depth is running back with Darrynton Evans and Marcus Williams Jr. and D’Andre Hicks, and Cam Peoples played one game this year. Then Daetrich (Harrington) is close to getting back 100 percent. Probably in a couple of weeks he’ll be back. So if there is one position, we’ve got some guys at that position, but obviously not the talent of a Jalin Moore, who has been around so long.”
Satterfield said that all of the Mountaineers are going to have to make an extra effort to pick up the slack left by Moore’s injury.
“Everybody respects Jalin,” Satterfield said “He’s a hard worker and a captain and I also think we have a lot of good players on the team. You’re dealing with over 100 guys, and one player — you’d like to think one player isn’t going to make or break you. We’ve got some other guys who are going to step up and really just pick up the slack. It’s probably going to take several guys to step up and make plays.”