VALDOSTA — As VSU coach Chris Hatcher told some of his team after practice Wednesday, “It’s go time, and you’ve got to be sitting on G.”

While he was talking about the scout team being prepared, his mantra also applies to the Blazers as the 2006 season gets under way.

The Blazers, who face Albany State Sept. 2 in the season opener, are preparing for the regular season, going through game week practices.

This week, the Blazers are simulating next week, and what they will go through each practice leading up to game day.

During Wednesday’s practice, VSU ran against its scout team for the first time in game-play situations.

“It was a good practice today,” Hatcher said. “We had to teach them where to go and what not, but I thought we had a pretty good day today, for being the first day with scouts broken up.”

VSU is primed for the start of the season, with a depth chart and an end to the quarterback controversy to come Friday.

Hatcher reviewed the film from Saturday’s scrimmage with the linebackers and defensive backs coming out on top along with some from wide receiver and quarterback.

“I thought the linebackers played well and Sherard Reynolds and Everett Kitchens at safety,” Hatcher said. “Offensively I was really pleased the way Jeffrey Felton played, and other than one play I thought Willie Copeland had an outstanding scrimmage.”

No one moved up or down from the depth chart from the scrimmage with the exception of Felton, who will rotate with Derek Tharpe.

“It pretty much stayed status quo as far as guys in the depth chart,” Hatcher said. “Felton jumped ahead of Tharpe, but we’ll rotate those guys, and by the end of this week we’ll probably have decided who our quarterback is going to be.”

The Blazers will continue with their game-week practices with today being a normal Wednesday practice.

“Friday will come out into our pre-game warm-up routine a little,” Hatcher said. “We’ll pick captains and have a Thursday practice routine.”

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