VALDOSTA -- When Valdosta State's football team has wanted to get its offense going this season, it has turned to a pair of South Georgians to get the job done.
Senior Tyran Robinson (Moultrie) and junior Vincent Brown (Adel) are the Gulf South Conference's best 1-2 offensive punch through four weeks of play.
Robinson is second in all-purpose yards, averaging 158 yards. Brown is 10th at 109 yards. They're averaging 30 yards more than the next group, players the Blazers will see Saturday night.
Central Arkansas' Bernard Scott and Kentrel Rogers combine for 237.5 yards. No. 14 VSU (2-1) and No. 17 UCA (4-0) meet Saturday night in Conway, Ark., in a battle between two of the four Gulf South teams at 2-0 in conference play. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. (ET).
"We're fortunate that we've always had two guys who could carry the load," said VSU offensive coordinator David Dean. "That's huge. The one guy doesn't take a beating the whole year. Vince has come in and complimented Tyran well."
Robinson has been the Blazers' offensive go-to guy, leading the team in rushing (278 yards) and pass receiving (171 yards, 12 catches). He's scored five of VSU's 10 offensive touchdowns.
"This is my senior season, and I don't want to have a losing season," said Robinson.
"Tyran has bided his time," said Dean. "Tyran had to carry the load last season because Aaron Jenkins was hurt. We knew he was able to do the job again this year, and that's why we've put so much on him."
But the Blazers don't lose a step when Brown comes on the field. He's added 171 yards rushing, including a 55-yard touchdown run to end the Ouachita Baptist game.
"He runs hard," Robinson said of his teammate. "We've taught him the plays."
"Vince has a lot of football savvy about him, and that makes him easy to coach," added Dean.
Brown was new to the program this fall, after two years at Tyler (Texas) Junior College, where he ran for about 2,000 yards in two seasons.
"I expected to play, but I knew (Robinson) was here and he was going to be the featured back," Brown said. "We ran the I (formation) at Tyler, and here we run the spread."
As the Blazers played a strong game of ball control in the 32-19 win over Harding, the ball got into the backs' hands. They touched the ball on 45 of VSU's 91 offensive plays. Both backs just missed a 100-yard rushing game (99 yards each), while Robinson caught seven passes for 101 yards.
"We're going to take what the defense gives us," Robinson said. "We want to do whatever it takes for the team to win."
"It's just like a basketball game. If you're going to keep making shots from the 3-point line, we're going to keep feeding the ball to you," Dean said. "If you're making shots inside, we're getting the ball there.
"The other night our running backs were so hot. They were able to make people miss and we were able to hold on to the football. That's what we needed to do.
"All our guys need is a little crease. If we get 1-on-1 matchups with safeties, we're going to win that."
And there are times that both Robinson and Brown are in the backfield together.
"That's double trouble," Brown said.
"We try to create the mismatches. When we put Tyran or Vince in with a William Milton or Scott Palmer, they tend to overplay us and run away from that back," Dean said. "We put Tyran and Vince in together, and they have no idea which way we're going. And they're both great blockers."