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February 28, 2013

Blazer football notebook


VALDOSTA — Players on the rise

Like every spring, certain players are turning coaches' heads with their performances this spring.

Dean said redshirt freshman running back Juwan Johnson has ran the ball hard and is adding to an already deep backfield.

"He is having a good spring," Dean said. "We are blessed. We have four really good running backs."

Junior wide receiver Griffin Roelle is back with the team and Dean said he is pleased to see his progression back from his hamstring injury, something that limited him to just two games last season.

Other players to turn heads include: Reggie Lewis and Andrew Lauristen, both starters last season.

"That is good to see," Dean said. "We are still looking for some younger guys. We have some secondary guys making some plays, just not consistently. We have to have that."

Defense dominates first scrimmage

In the first scrimmage of the spring, the defense won.

Trying to assemble a new offensive line, replacing five seniors from last season, the Blazer offense struggled to move the ball down the field and sustain drives in the scrimmage.

"(The defense) played very well," Dean said.

The offense did show strengths in the red zone, but struggled on third down scenarios.

"We were very productive in the red zone, which is good to see," Dean said. "We did a lot of third down series. We did nine and our defense won eight of those nine. Obviously that is not good. I would like a little more balance in there."

One aspect of the offense that Dean was pleased with was the running game, while the pass protection struggled.

"We made some good plays out wide and we made some good throws when we had time to throw," Dean said. "Right now, our run game is ahead of the pass game, as far as the offensive line is concerned."


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