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Bonner Likes Dean for Blazers

February 4, 2007

Valdosta -- Dusty Bonner holds seven school records from the quarterback position at Valdosta State.

Bonner only played two years with the Blazers, but threw for over 8,000 yards and 107 touchdowns at VSU.

The Valdosta native transferred to the school in 2000, when Chris Hatcher took over the program.

Hatcher recently left Valdosta State to become the head coach at Georgia Southern.

Long-time Blazers offensive coordinator David Dean has been named as Hatcher's successor.

Bonner won the Harlon Hill Award as the nations most outstanding player in his two years under Hatcher, and says he's proud of the move made by his old head coach.

Bonner also says selecting Dean to take over for Hatcher is a great decision by the Blazers.

"I think the University of Valdosta State couldn't have done a better job of hiring Coach Dean," says Bonner. "I think that anybody that ever played here knew that when Hatcher left, (Dean) was the man coming in. Our school is in a great situation, and coach Hatcher is in a great situation. I'm really happy for everybody."

Dusty Bonner was enshrined Saturday as part of the Valdosta State athletic Hall of Fame class of 2007.

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