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Blazers’ football to host Student Night scrimmage Wednesday

VSU football will have its second scrimmage of the fall preseason on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m at the Athletic Fieldhouse practice fields.  The scrimmage is free to all students, as it is one of many events of VSU’s Fall Explosion 2019, which stretches from Aug. 17-31 to begin the 2019-2020 academic school year.   Students will have an early opportunity to ...

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Column: Respect comes in the offseason for the Blazers

It took a perfect 14-0 season, a couple shattered records and a frenzied national title victory for the VSU Blazers to garner respect. Well, it comes with the territory.  The Gulf South Conference football coaches recently unanimously selected the Blazers as the conference favorite in the 2019 preseason poll. The defending champs will return a full arsenal offensive weapons from ...

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Blazers’ August camp schedule, players report Thursday

Albany State remains the focal point for the VSU Blazers, as the two will square off on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Before the matchup, however, the Blazers have preparations. Preseason ones, at that. The defending national champions recently announced their August preseason schedule, with players reporting to campus on Aug. 8. They will have 20 practices leading up to ...

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Denmark headlines three Blazers into NFL

The NFL Draft is where dreams begin, and that is no different for three former Blazers. Selected with the no. 238 pick in the seventh and final round of the draft, corner back Stephen Denmark begins what — he hopes — will be a long career with the Chicago Bears. He becomes the first Blazer drafted since 2013 when Edmund ...

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As NFL Draft approaches, Gauthney’s stock is uncertain

The football career of LaVonne Gauthney has seen its fair share of oddity. After graduating from Reynoldsburg High School in 2012, Gauthney took a brief stop at a military academy, had several position changes, competed at VSU and, ultimately, won a national championship. He hugged former VSU head coach Kerwin Bell with an enormous smile. As the confetti fell and ...

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Next Level: Jegede boosting stock in private workouts

Sleepers. There will be lots of them in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. Valdosta State defensive lineman Iseoluwapo Jegede has garnered the label. The projected day-3 pick, on some NFL mock drafts, has gradually climbed up draft boards. The ascension has come from a few workouts this offseason, where Jegede has made scouts take notice. “I had a visit with ...

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Coaches and players respond to first scrimmage of 2019

The Blazers capped off their first two weeks of practicing by holding their first scrimmage game on April 13. Gearing up for the regular season, with five new coaches on the coaching staff, the Blazers will face an adjustment period to newly hired Head Coach and VSU alum, Gary Goff. Saturday was the first chapter, implementing the new system. “We’ve ...

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Takeaways from the Blazers’ first scrimmage

The 2018 national champion Valdosta State Blazers took the practice field this morning for their first team scrimmage and after a hot hour and a half of playing, three things stood out to me from the defending champs. The Air Raid The air raid offense is a scheme Head Coach Gary Goff is very fond of and is implementing it ...

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Blazers’ first scrimmage set for April 13

The Blazers will hold its first scrimmage on April 13 at the VSU practice fields at 8 a.m. With seven practices finished, the scrimmage will allow students and the public to see the new-look Blazers. Gary Goff, newly hired head coach, will have all eyes on him. Goff replaced Kerwin Bell after the Blazers won their fourth national championship. Below ...

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Denmark continues to rise on NFL Draft boards

It has been six years since the VSU namesake was called at the NFL Draft, thanks to Edmund Kugbila. Kugbila, former offensive guard for the Blazers, is the highest drafted player to ever play for VSU. The Carolina Panthers took a chance on the Ghana native in the fourth round. This offseason, Stephen Denmark has made a lot of noise ...

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