Kenny Moore Named Preseason All-GSC

| August 5, 2016

VALDOSTA – Preseason All-Gulf South Conference pick Kenny Moore and the Valdosta State football team will enter the 2016 campaign with something to prove, according to a poll taken of the Gulf South Conference coaches, as the Blazers were picked to finish fifth in the league in a release by the GSC on Wednesday.

Despite a preseason national ranking at No. 13 in the 2016 Lindy’s Sports Magazine Preseason Division II poll, the Blazers picked up two third place votes, four fourth place votes and two fifth place votes for 40 total points. As a result, VSU trailed Delta State, who fell into fourth place with 46 points (one second place vote, five third place votes, one fourth place vote, one fifth place vote). Florida Tech edged out DSU by a narrow margin in third place with 48 points (two first place votes, one second place vote, one third place vote, three fourth place votes, one fifth place vote), while North Alabama came in second with 53 points (six second place votes, one third place vote, one fourth place vote). West Georgia topped the preseason list for the second straight season with 63 points (seven first place votes, one second place vote).

Rounding out the poll in the bottom four positions were West Alabama in sixth place with 26 points, followed by Mississippi College, West Florida, and Shorter in the bottom three with 21, 16, and 11 points, respectively.

As for individual honors, the Blazers were represented by Moore, a local product out of Lowndes High School who is preparing for his senior season. Moore established himself as one of the top defensive backs in the GSC after a stellar 2015 season, in which the Titletown native snatched three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. Additionally, Moore recorded a career high 51 tackles last season to extend his career total beyond the century mark at 106, and earned All-GSC and All-Super Region II honors as a result. Moore was one of just five defensive players to be chosen as a unanimous pick in the poll, voted on each preseason by coaches throughout the GSC.

“I just want to honor God and my family for pushing me to standards that I would not have reached on my own,” said Moore on Wednesday after learning of the honor. “I didn’t do any of this on my own, and I give all the credit back to the people who made me who I am along the way.”

The preseason GSC release comes just days before the Blazers are scheduled to report for camp. The members of the Valdosta State football team will be issued equipment and paperwork this weekend, and following a series of meetings on Saturday and Sunday, the Flame Red and Black will take to the field for the first time on Monday, August 8th for a helmets-only practice at 8:30 a.m. The opening week continues with another helmets-only session at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, before the team takes the field at the same time on Wednesday morning for an upgraded shells practice (see full preseason schedule below).

“One of our main goals this season is to win every practice and every game, day by day,” added Moore. “As a team, we have to come together and motivate one another in order to be successful.”

Other notable preseason events include a scrimmage open to VSU Faculty and Staff on August 20th at 8:30 a.m. at the Athletic Fieldhouse, along with a second scrimmage and the program’s annual Meet the Blazers event on Saturday August 27th. The special scrimmage prior to the Meet the Blazers event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, and Meet the Blazers will follow at 9:30 a.m. Meet the Blazers is a free event designed for the area youth, who will have an opportunity to play games with and score autographs from the entire Blazer football team and coaching staff. Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the stadium.

2016 VALDOSTA STATE PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Monday, August 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 9 – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 10 – 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 11 – 8:30 a.m.
Friday, August 12 – 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 13 – Two practices scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 14 – 3:45 p.m.
Monday, August 15 – 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 – 7:45 p.m. (VSU Student Night / Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Music)
Wednesday, August 17 – 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, August 18 – 7:45 p.m.
Friday, August 19 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 – Scrimmage Game at Athletic Fieldhouse at 8:30 a.m. (Open only to Staff/Faculty and their families)

Sunday, August 21 – OFF
Monday, August 22 – 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23 – 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, August 25 – 7:45 p.m.
Friday, August 26 – TBA
Saturday, August 27 – Scrimmage Game and Meet the Blazers beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Tuesday, August 30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 1 – 4:30 p.m.

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