Football season is nine days away. That means fans will quickly pack Drexel Park and the surrounding streets of Bazemore-Hyder Stadium to tailgate for the famed red and black of Valdosta State University.
The tailgaters and fans are expecting to see a team that can rebound from a disappointing 6-4 season last year. The fans want to see a team that can return the VSU program back to national prominence—much like in 2004 and 2007 when the Blazers won the National Championship.
However the coaches of the Gulf South Conference chose the Blazers to finish third in the conference— behind heavily favored North Alabama and West Alabama.
The Blazers failed to record enough votes to break into the top 25 of the AFCA coaches poll. Although the Blazers did not break the top 25 of the AFCA
coaches poll—for the first time in a while— the Blazers did break the top 25 of the D2football.com top 25 rankings, which is voted upon by selected media members from around the country.
So, what will Blazer fans get this season from their famed red and black? Intensity! That is right. The Blazers have practiced with tons of intensity this pre-season and that is something they say will transfer to the game field. Running back David Arnold told me Wednesday afternoon that he personally raises the intensity during practice so that the team can get better.
Although the Blazers lost quarterback Russ Callaway, redshirt junior Jimmy Coy is poised to step in and have a big year for the Blazers. Expect the five foot-11 inch quarterback to use his legs this season. Coy has told local media all pre-season that running is part of his game.
Personally, this Blazers team should excite this season.