Joey Aguilar, Top Appalachian State vs. Miami (OH) Players to Watch – Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Miami (OH) RedHawks hit the field for the Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl. The matchup is at 3:30 PM ET on December 16, 2023, and airs on ABC.

The Mountaineers took the loss 49-23 last time out when they faced the Troy Trojans. In their most recent outing, the RedHawks took on the Buffalo Bulls and won by a final score of 23-10.

Joey Aguilar finished with 275 yards on 28-39 passing (71.8%) in the Mountaineers’ last game. Kanye Roberts rushed for two touchdowns while totaling 53 yards on 13 attempts. Kaedin Robinson gained 70 yards on six receptions.

In the RedHawks’ last game, Aveon Smith threw for 109 yards on 6-16 passing (37.5%), plus 21 rushing attempts for 99 yards. Rashad Amos ran for two touchdowns while totaling 74 yards on 15 attempts. He also hauled in one reception for 32 yards. Luke Bolden posted 40 yards on one reception.

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Appalachian State Players to Watch

  • Aguilar leads his team with 3,546 passing yards (272.8 per game) and has a 64.3% completion percentage (275-of-428), throwing 33 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He also has 235 rushing yards on 76 carries (with two touchdowns), averaging 18.1 yards per game.
  • Nathaniel Noel has 174 carries for a team-high 827 rushing yards (75.2 per game) and five touchdowns.
  • Roberts has rushed for 648 yards on 113 carries (58.9 yards per game), with seven touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • This season Robinson has 59 receptions for a team-high 787 receiving yards (60.5 per game) and 10 touchdowns.
  • Christian Horn has tacked on 34 catches for 544 yards and six touchdowns this year. He averages 54.4 receiving yards per game.
  • Makai Jackson has racked up 383 yards on 24 receptions with two touchdowns, averaging 29.5 yards per game.

Miami (OH) Players to Watch

  • This year, Brett Gabbert has racked up 1,634 passing yards (181.6 yards per game) while going 111-for-188 (59% completion percentage) and throwing 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has added 140 rushing yards on 49 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 15.6 yards per game.
  • Amos has taken 176 carries for a team-leading 887 rushing yards (68.2 yards per game) while scoring 12 touchdowns.
  • Smith has run for 280 yards on 75 carries (31.1 yards per game), with one touchdown on the ground this year.
  • Gage Larvadain has 39 catches, leading his team with 660 yards (73.3 ypg) while scoring seven touchdowns this season.
  • Cade McDonald has chipped in with 349 yards (on 27 catches) and three touchdowns.
  • This season Joe Wilkins is averaging 38.1 yards per game, with 25 catches for 343 yards and one touchdown.

Appalachian State Recent Stat Leaders

  • The Mountaineers’ defense has been aided by the play of Andre Hamilton in their last three games, who has totaled .
  • As part of the Mountaineers’ defense, Jalik Thomas has collected four tackles in their last three games.
  • Michael Hughes has helped carry the Mountaineers’ defense in their last three games with four tackles in games.
  • The Mountaineers’ defense has been helped in their last three games by the contributions of Robinson, who has totaled four tackles.

Miami (OH) Recent Stat Leaders

  • Grant Lyons has been wreaking havoc on defense, recording four tackles in the RedHawks’ last three outings.
  • Jacquez Warren has amassed eight tackles for the RedHawks in their last three games.
  • The RedHawks’ Michael Dowell has delivered nine tackles in the RedHawks’ last three contests.
  • On defense, McDonald has supplied nine tackles for the RedHawks in their last three contests.

Appalachian State vs. Miami (OH) Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Appalachian State -6.5 -112 -108 41 -108 -112

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Team Stat Comparison

Appalachian State Miami (OH)
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 34.8 (16) 26.9 (57)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 28.4 (103) 16.2 (8)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 13 (71) 9 (24)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 17 (13) 11 (85)

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