The Valdosta State Blazers take the field ready to prove they are a team that will be hard to beat this season. With a new head coach, they lived up to expectations. But these days it's not all about offense for the Blazers.
David Dean, Valdosta State's head football coach, says, "My hat's off to our defense. They played a great game. They did a great job after they hit us with the big opening play, they toughened up and held them out of the end zone. That was a tremendous effort by those guys."
Critics of the Blazer's Defense were hushed as they brought plenty of speed, including a couple of key interceptions and plenty of sacs. They held the Golden State Rams to just three points. Maurice Leggett, a Blazer cornerback, says, "It really wasn't any question. It was how much are we going to hustle and have the want for making plays."
That kind of aggressive play by the defense is something that quarterback Willie Copeland appreciates. Copeland says, "They stepped up really well. Albany State's strength was running the ball and we thought we had some questions, but we answered questions defensive wise. Special teams is something we work on every time we practice and it sure paid off."
Special teams had an outstanding game. They block a field goal and a punt returned for a touchdown. Now Coach Dean gets his first win as the head coach.