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Defense shines in the VSU spring game

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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 ...

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The NFL should acknowledge CTE

Chris Borland, shown here trying to stay cool on Oct. 5, 2014 in a game between the 49'ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, ended his football career for fear of damaging his brain. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor As Jamaal Charles finds a gap, he explodes 20 yards into the open field until tackled by Raiders defenders. Just a “football play,” as it’s so often described by fans. But each one of those plays is much bigger than what the spectators see. According to Boston University, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is ...

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Blazers looking to exceed expectations

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Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer VSU football is still grinding. The Blazers started spring practice about a month ago and the players are starting to get on the same page with the new coaching staff and what is expected of them. “It is going good,” Sharmaine Washington, senior linebacker, said. “Everybody is getting to know each other and figure ...

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Tuggle maintains place at VSU’s greatest athlete

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated by the Editor-in-Chief. Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer With spring football practice upon us, today is a good time for a reminder of the best player to ever come through this program. That legend is Jessie Tuggle. A long-time Atlanta Falcon out of Griffin, GA, Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle is a member ...

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Commentary: A message to Atlanta Braves fans

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer For the first 10 years of my life, the Atlanta Braves couldn’t lose. The 10 years after have not been so pretty. But be brave, Brave fans—the future is bright. Very bright. So this is what you can do to keep the fan base’s future just as bright: be supportive, be present and be ...

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VSU to honor greats this Saturday: Eight school legends will be inducted in athletic Hall of Fame

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Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer Valdosta State University is hosting its 20th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Brunch. Valdosta State is welcoming eight inductees into the Hall of Fame. The inductees this year include the 2007 Valdosta State football team, Hal Mumme, Leos Jelinek, Brandon Decker, Kristina Ely, Dominique Ross, Bob Hagan and Coretta Bloom. The 2007 ...

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EJ Hilliard prepares for NFL opportunities

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Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor As the great Walt Disney once said, “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” For Valdosta State quarterback EJ Hilliard, that dream in pursuit is an opportunity in the NFL. He got his first taste of such when the signal caller competed in the Dream Bowl in ...

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Kerwin Bell hopes to win in style

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor Kerwin Bell is trading oranges for peaches. A legend in the state of Florida, Bell is crossing the border to make his mark in Georgia as the new coach of Valdosta State football. “It was a privilege just the other day to meet Kerwin Bell and his wife,” said VSU president Cecil Staton at ...

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The search continues: Valdosta State is turning over every stone in its effort to find the right head football coach

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor David Dean, the winningest coach in Valdosta State history, will not be winning any games for the Blazers in the foreseeable future. Dean’s departure to Georgia Southern came as a surprise to not just VSU, but to the entire community. As a result, Blazer fans wait with anticipation as the school continues its search ...

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Dean departs for Georgia Southern

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Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor  Last Tuesday, the landscape of Valdosta State’s sports scene changed.  Head football coach David Dean accepted a job offer at Georgia Southern University. Dean accepted a position as co-offensive coordinator for Tyson Summers’ new Golden Eagles staff. “I’ve been coaching for 28 years, and 20 of those were spent at Valdosta State,” Dean said. ...

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