Valdosta State returns home looking for redemption as the Blazers host West Alabama in a Gulf South Conference tilt at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. VSU is coming off of a 24-14 loss at Ouachita Baptist and is 1-2 on the season while UWA is 3-1, including a 38-30 loss in five overtimes to Southern Arkansas in its last game.
Field position will be the key to the game as West Alabama enters the contest tops in the Gulf South Conference in kick off return at 26.9 yards per return. Meanwhile, Valdosta State leads the conference in kick-off coverage as it allows just 18.7 yards per return and nets 41.7 yards per kick off on the year. The Tigers are also fourth in the league in passing offense while the Blazers rank fourth in passing defense.
VSU averages 375.0 yards of total offense on the season while surrendering 337.0 yards per game. Running back Ronnye Nelson leads the offense with 197 yards of total offense and a team-high 15 receptions. Quarterback Kellen Lewis has completed 66-of-105 passes for 628 yards while linebacker Larry Dean leads the defense with 29 total tackles, including 5.0 for loss.
West Alabama is averaging 450.5 yards per game while surrendering 387.0 per outing. Quarterback Deon Williams, who began his collegiate career at Valdosta State in 2006, has completed 63 of his 106 passes on the year for 993 yards and eight touchdowns. J.D. Douglas leads the Tiger defense with 44 tackles and four passes broken up.
The 2009 season marks the 28th year of Valdosta State football while the West Alabama game will be the 314th game in school history. The Blazers have won 211 contests, lost 98 and tied four times, a winning percentage of .681.
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