Bowl week officially began today as Appalachian State and Toledo arrived in Montgomery for the third annual Camellia Bowl.
Appalachian State arrived shortly after 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites downtown. Toledo arrived at the Renaissance Hotel around 5:30 p.m. Both teams were slightly delayed due to weather issues.
Appalachian State sophomore defensive back John Thomas, who played locally at Montgomery Academy, said the Mountaineers have had good preparation for Saturday’s game.
“I feel like it’s been good preparation,’ Thomas said upon arrival. “We have fun those first couple of practices just getting back in the groove; then we focus on our opponent. It’s just like another regular game week. Preparation has been good so far.”
Toledo head coach Jason Candle said the Rockets are having a normal week of practice as the team arrived in Montgomery.
“We had our Tuesday practice today before we came down and tomorrow goes right into a normal Wednesday,” Candle said. “We’re in game week so we’re full speed ahead. Guys are flying around, running around, doing well.”
Toledo and Appalachian State will meet on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. CT at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. The game will be televised by ESPN. The Camellia Bowl will be the third of four bowl games to air on ESPN networks on the opening day of the college football bowl season.
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Appalachian State is playing in just the second bowl game in school history and both appearances have come at the Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers defeated Ohio 31-29 in last year’s Camellia Bowl on Zach Matics’ 23-yard field goal as time expired.
Toledo is playing in its 16th bowl game. The Rockets are 10-5 in their previous 15 bowl appearances. Toledo is playing in its fifth bowl game in the last seven years, including three straight bowl trips. Toledo defeated No. 24 Temple 32-17 in the 2015 Boca Raton Bowl, which was Candle’s first game as the Rockets head coach. Toledo made its bowl with 56-33 win over Davidson in the 1969 Tangerine Bowl.
Appalachian State and Toledo will both tour the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant on Wednesday morning. It is Hyundai’s first assembly and manufacturing plant in the United States. The $1.7 billion automotive plant is one of the most advanced assembly plants in North America.
Toledo will practice at Huntingdon College from 1:15 until 3:45 p.m.
Appalachian State will practice at Alabama State University from 2 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.
On Wednesday evening, Toledo will have team dinner sponsored by the Montgomery CVB at the Union Station Train Shed. Appalachian State will have a team dinner at the Alley Station.
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