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August 25, 2013

Defense shines, offense ‘better’ in Blazer scrimmage


With two weeks until their first game of the season, the Valdosta State Blazers football team took the field on Saturday morning for the team's second intra-squad scrimmage. 
The scrimmage began at 9 a.m., with the Blazer football team participating in team warm-ups and position drills, before the offensive and defensive squads lined up to begin the actual scrimmage portion of the day. 
The scrimmage was broken into situational football. Each time the offense hit the field, it rotated different quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, while the offensive line stayed the same primarily for the whole game. Blazers Football Head Coach David Dean and his staff previously discussed the need to get their five chosen starting linemen as many snaps as possible. 
“Those are the five guys. After about 20 practices together, they are beginning to come together and gel as a unit,” said Dean.
The segments included 1st and goal situations, two-minute drills and basic football drives beginning at the 35-yard line. 
Dean had two main focuses for the team coming into the scrimmage. He wanted his team to minimize mental mistakes and to remain as healthy as possible. 
“We cut mental mistakes down. We're still making some, but I guess you can’t be perfect yet, which is why we will continue to practice,” said Dean. 
The Blazers did not make many mental mistakes offensively; however, the defense did come away with a couple of penalties that would have cost the Blazers a real game. 
As far as injuries, a few Blazers hit the turf in the scrimmage, but Dean had no serious injuries to report. 
“We had two wideouts that missed a few snaps due to injury. They missed a few snaps but went right back in. We will get with the training staff to see where they are exactly,” said Dean. 

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