Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 11, 2012

VSU secondary ready for big test

Ed Hooper/The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — When the Valdosta State Blazers went through a 23-day long break in game action last month, they got back to the basics in nearly every facet of the game, including in the secondary.

The Blazers got back to what they were taught throughout training camp.

“It wasn’t so much, ‘Lets put in something new,’ it was, ‘Lets get back to the coverages we put in during camp,’” senior cornerback Matt Pierce said. “We wanted to work those and make sure everyone knew their specific job and what to do.”

Since that break in action, the Blazers have faced three primarily run-based teams, including the triple-option attack of Carson-Newman, in the Division II playoffs.

But now, as the Blazers are just days away from their fourth-ever appearance in the Division II National Championship Game, the Blazers secondary is preparing for the passing attack of the Winston-Salem State Rams.

Despite entering Saturday’s game allowing a little more than 187 yards passing per game, the Blazers have been challenged in the secondary this season.

Playing a schedule that featured a heavy dose of run-first teams, Valdosta State allowed at least 300 yards passing in three games this season.

“Basically, we’ve just got to read our keys,” safety Lance Holder said. “We’ve got linebackers and a D-line that are going to handle the run; it is just us to worry about the pass.”

For full details, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.