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Football wins sloppy game over West Florida 40-28.

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Written by Kyle Dawson, Sports Editor  Head coach Kerwin Bell decided to start Roland Rivers at quarterback against West Florida, but he quickly brought in Adam Robles after about three minutes. VSU won the game 40-28, but there is still no clear starter at the position for VSU. “I thought he had a better week of practice,” Bell said. “Roland’s just got ...

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Blazer loss leads to QB competition ahead of UWF

Roland Rivers and Adam Robles are battling for the starting QB spot in Saturday's game against UWF. Rivers was pulled last week at halftime after turning the ball over three times. (Ray Pack/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Juston Lewis, Staff Writer Last Saturday, Blazer football fell to the University of North Alabama 44-19 in the team’s first conference game. The stats were not indicative of the final score. The Blazers had 433 total yards while UNA only had 369. The Blazers also won the possession battle and scored five of the six times that they ...

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VSU football pulls out a victory over Albany State in a low scoring affair

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Written by Kyle Dawson, Sports Editor The VSU Blazers football team beat Albany State Saturday 16 to 7 during a shaky performance that head coach Kerwin Bell called the worst that the team could have played. “We played about as bad as I could have imagined we’d play, but there’s something about a good football team that finds a way ...

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New Era, Same Tradition

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Written by Juston Lewis, Staff Writer There is a new era upon Valdosta State football, the Kerwin Bell Era. In January, Coach Bell was named new head football coach for VSU. Being the new coach has come with many obstacles. “You can’t have a bunch of individuals,” Bell said. “You try to get everybody on board and get the train ...

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Week One: VSU opens versus ASU with Rivers at the helm

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Written by Gabe Burns, Editor-in-Chief The highly anticipated Kerwin Bell era kicks off at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium Saturday. VSU hosts Albany State in its season opener. It’s the third straight year the Blazers open against the Golden Rams, with the previous two resulting in victories. But the fanfare is stronger than usual with Bell at the helm. “We’re going to call it ...

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Kenny Moore is ready for Saturdays in Valdosta

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Written by Ray Pack, Staff Writer From the concession stand to becoming an NFL Draft prospect, Kenny Moore is set to lead the VSU Football Blazers to a playoff berth. Before Moore’s senior year of high school, he played soccer, basketball and track and field. During the football season, Moore worked in the concession stand with his coach until he ...

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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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