June 16, 2007
Valdosta -- The start of football season is just a few short months away, with high schools getting started August 31st in Georgia.
A few Florida schools got a jump-start on the season with a passing camp at Valdosta State Saturday, under the watchful eye of new Blazers head coach David Dean.
VSU hosted a 7-on-7 passing tournament at the school, with high school quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers taking on linebackers and defensive backs in non-contact games.
David Dean says, "It gives a lot of the local high schools the chance to work on their passing game, and their pass defense."
Dean and the Blazers players ran the camp, but did not doing any coaching.
"Their coaches actually get to coach them," says Dean, "and that's just a little extra bonus for them before they start their season. This is just an extra practice for them."
Four of the five schools in Valdosta for the camp Saturday hail from Northern Florida, and Dean says that helps grow the V-S-U football brand.
"We recruit a lot of kids down there," says Dean. "This gives us an opportunity as a coaching staff to watch and evaluate those guys."
Valdosta State will play its first game under new head coach David Dean September 1st as the Blazers host Albany State.