VALDOSTA, Ga. - With the first week of classes under way on the Valdosta State campus, the Blazer football team turned its attention to the second week of preseason practice Tuesday as the squad to took to the field under threatening skies.
Tuesday's practice marked the ninth practice in eight days for VSU, which is now 18 days away from its 2012 opener at Saginaw Valley State. The practice, held in only shells and helmets, also came just one day after Valdosta State learned it would open the upcoming season ranked eighth in the nation by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The Blazers tallied 415 total points in the poll and ranked as the top Gulf South Conference squad. Delta State (No. 14) and West Alabama (No. 15) rounded out the GSC ranked schools.
While the rankings added to the expectations surronding the 2012 Valdosta State team, the team did not live up to those of their head coach Tuesday.
"Today wasn't one of our better practices," said Head Coach David Dean after the practice. "We lacked focus today. We weren't finishing plays, we didn't get better today. We have to learn from this, we have to learn that we need to show up every day."
The Blazers will have three more practices to fix the problems from Tuesday before taking the field for their first scrimmage of the 2012 season this Saturday.