Saturday, September 3, 2016

Game Day RAM-blings- Albany State Football at Valdosta State

ALBANY, Georgia  -- Albany State will kick off its 2016 season when it faces an old state rival. The Golden Rams will visit the Valdosta State Blazers at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta, Ga. at 7 p.m.  This will be the 17 meeting between the two programs. The Blazers hold a 16-1 series edge.  The Golden Rams lost to VSU 21-13 in the season opener of the 2015 season, which was held in Albany, Ga.
Albany State returns an abundance of veteran players on both offense and defense. The Gold Rush Offense will be led by junior running back Jarvis Small, who generated another solid season in 2015. Small rushed for 1,073 yards and 11 touchdowns, and garnered the SIAC Offensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. All-conference offensive lineman Javoris Wilburn also returns, along with fellow starting lineman Tedrick Coffield.  Senior Caleb Edmonds will direct the ASU offense from quarterback position once again. Last season, he complete 148 passes out for 300 attempts for 1,761 yards and seven touchdowns. Top wide Quadrey Simmons is also back, along with kicker Stefan Whitehead.
On defense, All-SIAC defensive lineman Grover Stewart will lead the perennially sound ASU defense. He led the team in total sacks in 2015 and has been named to the All-American Team. Returning starters Zavondric Shingleton and Zane Fields will anchor the Golden Rams' linebacker core. Defensive backs Nick ScottMarquiz Hodo and Ryan Selby return to the ASU secondary.
Valdosta State  will enter the game under the leadership of new head coach Kerwin Bell. Wide receivers Dallas Baldner and Donavan Bolden are the top returnees on offense, along with quarterback Roland Rivers.

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Albany State at Valdosta State Game Notes- September 3, 2016


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