Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer
There was a sense of urgency on Saturday at VSU football’s spring game.
This team seems to have what it takes to win it all. On the field it seemed like a battle of two championship-caliber teams. One was the defense, which was relentless and had multiple pick sixes. The secondary was not to be played with. There were two weapons on the defensive side in Kenny Moore and Kenneth Johnson. Both made interceptions and converted them into touchdowns.
The blaze was definitely on as new Head Coach Kerwin Bell’s offense stepped foot on the field. There was a different aroma on the Blazers sideline, one of charisma, grit and the will to succeed. One Blazer threw up and continued to want to play. This type of behavior shows signs of a new mentality; one that wants to bring a championship.
The defense won the scrimmage 47-33, but Bell’s offense was impressive. At one point, VSU’s offense had scored on three of four possessions before Murphy’s pick six. Roland Rivers and his linemen are aiming to go above expectations and get the ball into the hands of Darrell Myers, who could very easily pose a threat to any defense that the Blazers face this year, along with Xay Howard, who posed the Blazers with this thought provoking question after the Spring Game: How do we want our story to end?
One area of improvement for VSU will be turnovers. When the offense wasn’t scoring, it was surrounding the football. The defense was awarded three points for each punt forced, four for a turnover and six for touchdowns. The defense’s rampage made the crowd even more excited for opening weekend.
Make no mistake about it, this Blazers team seems ready to take its fourth national title. Under a new coaching staff, and freshly implemented offensive and defensive strategies, let’s hope that the boys take the next step.