VALDOSTA — After going through spring practice without one, Valdosta State has found its new offensive line coach.

Jeremy Darveau, a former offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Southwest Minnesota State and the assistant offensive line coach a year ago at Florida, has been hired as the Blazers’ new offensive line coach The Times has learned.

VSU head coach David Dean was not available for comment on the new hire.

The position came open when Andy Richman, who also served as VSU’s offensive coordinator, left for New Mexico State in late February, the week that the Blazers began spring drills.

Darveau joined the Floria staff a year ago where he assisted Mike Summers. Summers coached Darveau for two years at Louisville, where Darveau finished up his college career. He spent two years at Kentucky before transferring to Dodge City Community College and then Louisville. Prior to joining the Florida staff, where he had been retained as an offensive quality control coach under new Gators’ head coach Jim McElwain, Darveau spent six years at Southwest Minnesota State.

The final year of that tenure he served as the Mustangs’ offensive coordinator after previously serving as run-game coordinator and recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching the offensive line for four years. His first two years at Southwest Minnesota, he coached tight ends and spent one spring coaching running backs.

While at Southwest Minnesota, the 2012 Mustangs rushing attack was one of the best in school history. Southwest Minnesota set a school mark that year with 23 rushing touchdowns while averaging 171.6 yards per game, the second highest in program history. In 2011, the Mustangs set a school record with 397 yards rushing against Minnesota State-Moorhead.

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