Valdosta Daily Times

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March 28, 2009

Mark Richt and son attend VSU scrimmage

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State football held its final scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday, and one of the state’s most popular figures was on hand to see it.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt spent the morning with his son Jon watching the Blazers practice at Bazemore Hyder Stadium. Richt would only say that his son Jon was looking at schools to transfer to. Jon Richt was redshirted as a freshman at Clemson last year. He played prep ball at Prince Avenue Christian.

As for the action on the field, it was similar to what fans saw in the 2008 season — a dominating defense and an offense with mixed reviews.

VSU’s offense ran 36 drives, nine of which ended in turnovers. The defense had six sacks, three interceptions and a touchdown.

“We’re young but we have a lot of chemistry carrying over (from last year),” VSU linebacker Larry Dean said about the defense. “All the way around we have players that are going to step up. We’re coming together and gelling together. We’re trying to figure out who’s who and what’s what and just trying to get that camaraderie built up into the summer so we can carry it over into the season.”

VSU’s offense looked sloppy most of the time. Three of its nine drives from the defense’s five-yard line ended in fumble recoveries by the defense while two more came to an end via sacks on third down.

“It was a little worse than I expected offensively,” VSU head coach David Dean said. “I knew we were going to be a little rusty because we missed a day of practice this week because of weather and coming off of spring break, but I thought we’d execute a little better. I was very disappointed in our turnovers. We have to hang on to the ball better, there’s no excuse for that.”

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