Valdosta Daily Times

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April 28, 2013

Panthers take VSU’s Kugbila in 4th round of NFL Draft


VALDOSTA — News flies fast, except to Dean

News of Kugbila’s selection moved quickly throughout the social media driven world. The former Blazer received several tweets on Twitter from former teammates wishing him congratulations and best wishes in his new career.

While many heard about Kugbila’s big day, Valdosta State head coach David Dean was unaware of his selection when it happened because of his commitment to the South Georgia Classic.

Dean was the walking scorer for 54-hole leader Will Wilcox and was on the course when Kugbila was drafted. He wasn’t made aware of Kugbila’s news until Wilcox was on the 8th green, when he was asked about it by the Times.

Upon hearing the news, a massive smile appeared across Dean’s face, clearly elated for his former player and his program.

Local players not drafted

While Kugbila was able to celebrate his draft day success, several other local players went undrafted.

Former Lowndes Viking Greg Reid, who was dismissed after three successful years at Florida State and eventually joined Valdosta State where he tore his ACL, went undrafted. He was a projected second or third round pick a year ago.

Former Valdosta State offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder, a two-time All-American, also went undrafted. So did former Valdosta High and University of Georgia linebacker Michael Gilliard.

All three will likely sign free agent contracts in the coming days.

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