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Blue Devils ready for a new era

August 15, 2005

 Tifton - Tift County fans are excited about the 2005 season with new head coach Jay Walls.

Walls is excited about the Blue Devil defense.

After a very successful seven year run at Suwanee High in Live Oak, Florida, former Valdosta State captain Jay Walls is glad to be coaching a in south Georgia.

Walls "It is great to be in region one. It is going to be tough but I think it will be tough for everybody. But it is exciting. Everybody in Tifton is really pumped up about the season"

Walls is pumped about a defense that returns six starters including James Carter and Jay Gaskins on the line and safeties Larry Dean and Sumner Ellis.

Walls said "Tifton was really good on defense, pretty tough and those kids returning are even better. And we feel like that is a definite strength on our team."

Leading the offense will be quarterback Scott Shuman who transferred to Tift County from Valdosta High.

Walls said "Very good player, strong arm, good size, good quickness and brings experience. He played last year in our region so. We feel good about our quarterback."

 The Blue Devil offense will feature all-region receiver Israel Troupe while the Blue Devils have several candidates at running back.

Tift County won just one region game last year but three of their losses were by a touchdown or less. A stat that tells Coach Walls this program is close to turning the corner.

Walls said "And we came in and just talked to them about building on that foundation. Not letting that hard work and the things that we were good from last year not go to waste and hopefully it is going to pay off."

Tift County opens the season at Crisp County this Friday night.

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