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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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Volleyball team sets to prepare for season opener

by Neil Frawley   After countless hours of practice, the VSU volleyball team is just about ready for its season-opening West Georgia Invitational in Carrollton, Ga. this weekend. Seven teams will be on display at the tournament, and three represent the Gulf South Coast Conference, including host team West Georgia, West Alabama and VSU. The two-day tournament will have the ...

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Ladies soccer team ready to kick off season

by Alex Tostado   This weekend, the VSU women’s soccer team welcomes Florida Southern and Florida Tech in hopes of winning the two games. “We have to be really competitive on the ball and off of the ball,” VSU Head Soccer Coach Mel Heinz said. Coach Heinz also said that increasing scoring from last season has been one of the ...

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VSU volleyball enters season with seven lucky newcomers

by Neil Frawley   With a new regime intact, the VSU volleyball team welcomes seven new players to its family. The seven newcomers include: Natalia Campos (Fr.), Taylor Holder (Fr.), Danyelle Drummond (Fr.), Marissa Woodworth (Fr.), Kelsey Hedman (So.), Jessica Codato (Jr.), and Jenna Kirkwood (Jr.), making it a total of four freshmen, one sophomore, and two juniors. Aside from ...

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Blazers Men’s Basketball Update

by Shane Thomas   Entering his ninth season as head coach for Valdosta State basketball, Mike Helfer once again will take a new-look Blazers team into this season. Though the Blazers will not tip off the 2013-14 campaign until mid-November, Helfer believes his team is coming together nicely in the off season. “We have three guys that played minutes last ...

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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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2013 Women’s Soccer GSC Preview

by Alex Tostado   Last season was a strong one all around for women’s soccer in the Gulf South Conference. The University of West Florida took home its fifth consecutive GSC tournament title as well as the NCAA Division II title by beating University of California San Diego. Valdosta State and University of North Alabama also made an appearance in ...

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Blazer volleyball heating up for 2013 campaign

Written by: Neil Frawley   Big things are brewing for the Lady Blazer volleyball program. After 17 years away from coaching a Division II program, Blazers’ new head coach Mike Swan returns after coaching the Evansville Aces, a Division I program in the Missouri Valley Conference. “I am very excited to join the Valdosta State family and look forward to ...

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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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