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Busy weekend begins Thursday for Bobby Lamb and family

Mercer Head Coach Bobby Lamb talks about his busy weekend beginning Thursday night. /(Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- The busiest 72-hour stretch of the year arrives Thursday for Mercer Head Football Coach Bobby Lamb.

The Bears open the 2017 season Thursday at home against Jacksonville University with plenty to be excited about. The Bears unveil a new quarterback, 2015 leading rusher Tee Mitchell will see action for the first time in two years, and a young, athletic defense is expected to shine for Mercer.

Two days later, Lamb will witness arguably the biggest game of his son's career. Appalachian State QB Taylor Lamb begins his senior season in style Saturday night at Sanford Stadium as the Mountaineers take on Georgia. What's the game plan for dad/coach?

"I had a reporter ask me the other day, 'are y'all going to be tailgating or whatever?' Listen I got to worry about my game Thursday night," Lamb said. I'm getting in the car Saturday morning and going to Athens, and my wife is going to tell me what to do. I got a ticket number one. I got a parking pass number two, and that's all I need."

App State is the underdog but it's nothing new. Last season the Mountaineers fell in their season opener in double overtime to Tennessee. Lamb knows his son is ready to go but says it's a tall task going up against the red and black.

"He's excited about it," Lamb said. "My only hope and the goal for him is after the game is over, he's standing upright because that's going to be a big challenge for those guys."

Mercer kicks off Thursday night against Jacksonville University at 7:00. Georgia and Appalachian State get underway at 6:15 Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

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