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Previous NFL star defends VSU

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Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer The VSU football team made some changes to the coaching staff this offseason that is headlined by the signing of new defensive coordinator Chad Williams from Blazers rival West Georgia. Williams will be the third defensive coordinator at Valdosta State in three years after coach Bubba Walker left this offseason for a position at Colquitt ...

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Football springs into new season

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by Chris Webb With winter looking to be well behind us Valdosta State football is wrapping up their 2015 spring practices with Thursday’s Spring Game at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. Scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff the annual inner-squad scrimmage between the offense and defense provides fans and students their first opportunity of the year to come out and get an idea ...

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Steven Nelson: Nelson Strives to go pro add something

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by Zenobia Harris “Set your goals high, and don’t stop til you get there,” these are the famous words of retired baseball and football player, Bo Jackson, and what seems to be the mode of operation for Oregon State cornerback, Steven Nelson. After years of hard work and dedication to football, his dreams of becoming a pro athlete may come ...

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VSU plays West Georgia in third round of D-2 playoffs

Written by: Alex Tostado   The No. 21 Valdosta State football team returns home for the third round of the Division-II playoffs. The Blazers will face No. 25 West Georgia Wolves, a Gulf South Conference opponent on Saturday at noon. VSU tamed the wolves fairly easily in October with a commanding 40-6 home victory. VSU had 586 offensive yards compared ...

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Pride of VSU: Organization helps recruit football players


Written by: Allison Thorpe Football. America’s most loved sport. But all the tailgating, touchdowns, and tears hinge on one of the most tedious and thought-out processes of the game: recruiting. What many fans aren’t aware of is how a player chooses a school. Not only do coaches hunt for the best of the best to play for their team, but ...

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Football goes to FIT, playoffs in sight

Written By: Chris Webb Six weeks ago Valdosta State was coming off a crushing 31-29 last second loss to No. 15 North Alabama and stood in with a mediocre record of only 2-2.   Head coach David Dean then challenged his football team to something: win their remaining games and give themselves a shot at the playoffs; they’ve done just ...

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Blazers to play final home game

Written By: Chris Webb It’s not even November yet, but the Blazers last home game is already upon us.   This Saturday at 3 p.m., Valdosta State (4-2, 2-2) will be hosting Shorter University (3-3, 1-2).   “It really hasn’t hit me yet,” senior linebacker Justin Williams said.   Williams, who played high school football for Valdosta High School feels ...

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VSU football retains ‘Peach Basket’ in blowout

This story was written by Chris Webb. Valdosta State (3-2, 1-2) dominated from the opening kickoff in a game that was declared a must win by head coach David Dean earlier in the week. “I am really proud of our players,” Dean said. “We wanted to come out and make a statement and these kids did just that; coming out ...

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VSU, West Georgia battle for ‘Basket’

By: Chris Webb If VSU’s game against West Georgia feels, ominous, it does.   “Basically this is our first playoff game,” head coach David Dean said.   Valdosta State and West Georgia have been rivals for over 30 years and this Saturday, at 2 p.m., another chapter will be added to the storied rivalry.   Asking around at practice, players ...

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VSU Struggles in GSC Rivalry Game, Look To No. 5 UNA

Written By: Chris Webb The Blazers will have one thing on their mind this Saturday when they line up to play the University of North Alabama: revenge. No. 21 Valdosta State (2-1, 0-1) will pack their bags and head to Florence, Alabama and take on No. 5 North Alabama (2-0, 1-0) in a third straight top-25 matchup this season for ...

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