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SoCon Notebook: Presley easing into some new roles at No. 6 ASU

    2010 Walter Payton Award finalist DeAndre Presley is missing a start for the second week in a row.
    The Appalachian State quarterback injured his shoulder Oct. 1 against Wofford and did not play in Saturday's 49-42 win over The Citadel.
    In his place, quarterback Jamal Jackson led the No. 6 Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 Southern Conference) with 21 completions for 234 yards and three touchdowns in his first-career start.
    That doesn't mean Presley won't see the field Saturday in other roles when ASU hosts Samford (4-2, 2-2) Saturday at 3:30 pm.
    "It's kind of a hard call because he's a senior, but he's a team guy," said Mountaineers coach Jerry Moore. "He played some other positions last week when he was banged up and he couldn't throw."
    He has seen time as a punt returner and receiver for ASU, and hasn't been ruled out as the quarterback in future games.
    "DeAndre's a good quarterback," Moore said. "It's not like we're fixing to set him on the shelf and he's not going to play. That guy's a good quarterback."

Another QB question
    Terrell Robinson exploded onto the scene for Chattanooga (3-4, 1-3) two weeks ago when he nearly led the Mocs to an upset in a 28-27 loss to No. 1 Georgia Southern after starting quarterback B.J. Coleman left with a shoulder injury.
    In just over six quarters of work, Robinson has rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns and helped engineer a 51-7 win over Western Carolina.
    Robinson will start Saturday on the road against Elon (4-3, 2-2) at 3 p.m.
    Though Coleman will miss his second-straight start, he could be ready to go for situational work.
    "Where B.J. is in the healing process, it's kind of, 'Here's where we're going, but we're going to have packages ready for him right now,'" said Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman. "When he's completely healthy, we'll flip it back."
    Both quarterbacks will see the field, but it will still be Coleman's team, and the focus will be back on him when he is healthy.
    "You don't want to spread yourself too thin that you're not ready for anything," Huesman said. "As soon as B.J. is healthy and ready to go he's going to be our guy. We'll continue to have packages ready for Terrell throughout the game."

Exceeding expectations
    The No. 5 Wofford Terriers (5-1, 3-0) are no strangers to being in the conversation for a SoCon title.
    The Terriers first made the FCS playoffs in 2003, but first joined the SoCon after Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, a Wofford alumnus, decided the Panthers training facility should be in Spartanburg, S.C.
    Things were a lot different when head coach Mike Ayers arrived at Wofford 24 years ago.
    "When we first got here, quite frankly there was no talk of being anywhere close to where we are right now," Ayers said. "We took over a job that had been struggling and we were fortunate enough to make the decision when we first got here to make the move from NAIA to Division II."
    Wofford moved into the SoCon when the Panthers became an NFL expansion team and Marshall left the conference in 1997.
    "When that happened, at the same time Marshall left the Southern Conference, and we felt like if there was ever going to be a time that we were going to be able to [join a Division I] conference, that was the time," Ayers said. "Everything kind of came together."
    The Terriers will look to stay unbeaten in SoCon play Saturday when they travel to Furman for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
NOTES: No. 1 Georgia Southern (6-0, 5-0) will play a non-conference game against Presbyterian Saturday at 2 p.m. in Paulson Stadium. ... Western Carolina (1-5, 0-4) hosts The Citadel (2-4, 1-4) Saturday at 3 p.m. in Cullowhee, N.C.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.