July 20, 2004
Valdosta-- the Valdosta State Blazers look to build off of last year's 10 and 2 season that saw their streak of three consecutive Gulf South Conference titles come to an end and an early first round exit in the playoffs.
Head coach Chris Hatcher promises this year will be different than the 2003 season simply because he plans on making football more fun around Valdosta State.
Shorter practices and less contact drills are just some of the ways Hatcher says will help the Blazers get back to enjoying the game of football.
The fifth year coach says the Blazers got too caught up in trying to win a national title last year instead of relaxing and having fun playing the game they love.
"You know last year it seemed like you know after every game we were just relieved that we won. In year's past, boy we were excited because we had a big victory. We got to get that back in the staff and with the players we got to get the morale up a little bit. And we got a couple of ideas that we're going to try to do during camp to try to build that," Hatcher said.
The Valdosta State Blazers report to preseason camp on August the 5th, they kick off the season September 4th here in Albany against Albany State.
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