Blazer Football Set to Report, Picked to Finish Third in GSC

| August 7, 2014
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Source: Valdosta State University Athletics

VALDOSTA, GA – With the opening of its 2014 preseason camp just days away, the Valdosta State football team learned Wednesday that it had been picked to finish third in the Gulf South Conference in a vote of the league coaches, as released by the GSC Office on Wednesday.

Valdosta State, which returns 45 letterwinners and 11 starters off its 2013 team, garnered 26 total points in the preseason poll on the basis of two second place and four third place votes. North Alabama topped the poll with 35 points as it pulled in five of the seven first place votes as well as one second place while Delta State tallied 30 points after receiving two first place votes, three second and one fourth.

West Alabama, which had 21 points, finished fourth in the poll followed by West Georgia in fifth with 17 and Florida Tech sixth at 12. Shorter, which is in its first season as a NCAA Division II member, rounded out the poll in seventh with six points.

Three Blazers also garnered Preseason All-Gulf South Conference accolades. Leading the group of VSU players is junior running back Cedric O’Neal, who has earned All-Gulf South Conference honors in each of his first two seasons. O’Neal has rushed for 2,173 yards during his first two seasons, the sixth-highest total in school history, and is fifth all-time in rushing touchdowns at Valdosta State with 20. He is joined on the offensive side of the Preseason All-GSC team by senior offensive guard Felei Tauave, who started all 10 games a year ago and graded out at 84.2 percent while earning second-team All-Gulf South Conference. On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive end Tevin Davis. Davis, who garnered second-team All-GSC accolades in each of the last two years, has recorded 102 career tackles, including 26.5 tackles for loss.

The preseason Gulf South Conference release is released as Valdosta State prepares to report to its preseason camp. The Blazers are scheduled to report to campus Saturday, during which they will be issued equipment and complete paperwork. After conducting meetings Saturday and Sunday, VSU will take to the field for the first time on Monday, when it conducts a helmets-only practice at 8:30 a.m., followed by a second helmets-only outing on Tuesday at the same time.

VSU advances to shells for its practices on Wednesday and Thursday before putting on full pads for three practices beginning on Friday. The Blazers return to shells on Sunday, August 17 before conducting four more full-pad practices in the following week followed by a shells only practice on Friday, which leads to the first scrimmage of the 2014 preseason at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Saturday, August 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Valdosta State will hold its annual Meet the Blazers community event on Sunday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m., again at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, before another week of practice that will lead to the second scrimmage on Saturday, August 30, again at 9:00 a.m. at the Blazer practice field.

2014 VALDOSTA STATE PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Monday, August 11 – 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 12 – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 13 – 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 14 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 15 – 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 16 – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 16 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 17 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, August 18 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19 – TBA
Wednesday, August 20 – TBA
Thursday, August 21 – TBA
Friday, August 22 – TBA
Saturday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. – Scrimmage (Bazemore-Hyder Stadium)

Sunday, August 24 – 2:00 p.m. – Meet the Blazers (Bazemore-Hyder Stadium)
Monday, August 25 – TBA
Tuesday, August 26 – TBA
Wednesday, August 27 – TBA
Thursday, August 28 – TBA
Friday, August 29 – TBA
Saturday, August 30 – 9:00 a.m. – Scrimmage (VSU Practice Field)

Source: Valdosta State University Athletics

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