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Sean Price is Conference Freshman of the Year

Former South Lakes football star, now at Appalachian State, leads freshmen nationwide and earns Southern Conference honor.

Former South Lakes High School football player Sean Price was named the Southern Conference's Freshman of the Year for an outstanding redshirt freshman season at Appalachian State in Boone, NC.

Price, a wide receiver, is Appalachian State’s first SoCon Freshman of the Year since Armanti Edwards in 2006. He is only the sixth Mountaineer to win the award.

Despite playing in just nine games, Price led all freshmen nationally with 68 receptions, 1,029 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, all Appalachian State freshman records.

He needs just four receptions and 45 receiving yards to break the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series freshman records in both categories.

Regardless of class, Price ranks seventh nationally in receiving yardage (114.3 per game) and eighth in receptions (7.6 per game). The 6-5, 210-pound wideout is also a leading candidate for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award, which honors the nation’s top FCS freshman.

Appalachian State won its seventh Southern Conference championship in eight years in 2012, finishing the regular season at 8-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play. The seventh-ranked Mountaineers earned their eighth-consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship berth.

They open the postseason at 2 p.m. Saturday, when they host Illinois State at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC.

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