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Defense looks great in 41-0 win over Shorter

by Chris Kessler   Valdosta State bent but never broke on defense. The Blazers defense played about as perfect as possible, keeping Shorter off the score-board Friday night. “It was very important to come out successful and also get a goose-egg, and make a statement; we’re a defense that comes ready to play,” safety Lance Holder said, who had a ...

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No.1 VSU football team to host Shorter Saturday

by: Chris Kessler No. 1 Valdosta State (1-0) plays their home opener against Gulf South Conference rival Shorter (0-2) this Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.� “It’s weird; it does seem like a long time since we’ve had a home game. But we’re excited to have an opportunity to play at home and get the atmosphere of a home game,” said Coach ...

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Bye week halts victory momentum

By: Chris Kessler Valdosta State’s season opening 36-21 victory put the team on the right track, but the Blazers won’t get to take the field for another week due to their bye. The Blazers handled Fort Valley State convincingly. Despite the score, head coach David Dean was disappointed in the Blazers’ second half performance. “I thought we kinda lost a ...

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Willie Downs is ‘blessed’ for a new oppourtunity

Written by Eric Jackson  After previously playing football for two junior colleges, the misunderstood standout thinks it’s safe to call Valdosta his final stop. The Blazers’ newly acquired wide receiver considers himself blessed to be granted another opportunity. “I’m trying to make this a home run,” Downs said. “That’s what I’m coming in for, to make this the best out ...

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Blazers defend national title in Macon Saturday

Written by Chris Kessler   VSU’s quest for a consecutive National Championship starts Saturday at Fort Valley State in the “Macon Heritage Classic.” Despite a decisive 62-14 victory over the Wildcats a year ago, VSU is not taking its season opener lightly. “We’re in a situation that we can’t take anyone lightly, and we’re going to get everyone’s best and ...

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Blazers new o-line has big, ugly cleats to fill

by Chris Kessler   It’s always difficult to come into the season with five new starting offensive linemen. Last season’s offensive line broke numerous school records, had four players named first team Gulf South Conference, three players earning All-American status, and two players currently playing in the NFL. Not to mention, leading Valdosta State to a National Championship. It’s safe ...

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Five burning questions for VSU Football this season

Written by: Eric Jackson   1. How will the offensive line shake up?     Presumably the strongest offensive line in Blazer history is now gone and the vacancy draws doubt in this season’s success. VSU goes into the season with five unproven starters upfront. Preseason camp is solidifying who these five will be. Returning linemen Colin Glasco, Jesse Yancy, ...

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Kugbila becomes first Blazer drafted since 1997

Valdosta State former offensive guard Edmund Kugbila was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round (108th overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday. Kugbila becomes the first Blazer drafted since 1997 and the highest drafted player in VSU history. “It feels amazing,” Kugbila said. “I’m just so blessed right now, God just working magic. I can’t ...

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Adam Froman hired as Blazer football quarterbacks coach

Written by Eric Jackson   Former Louisiana State University offensive assistant Adam Froman has been hired as the new quarterbacks coach for the Valdosta State football team. The 25-year old replaces Northwestern State (La.) offensive coordinator Robby Brown, who left the Blazers a couple weeks following the national championship victory. Head Coach David Dean announced the news on Tuesday. “Adam ...

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Back in red and black

Written by Dowling Payne   Valdosta State this past season was an especially exceptional one as they brought the National Championship title back home to Titletown. Not only will the team be coming back strong to keep the title, but also will have the addition of two previous players who were out last season. Both stand out players, Griffin Roelle ...

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