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Rams, Blazers have plenty of offensive stars

August 30, 2007

Undated -  Both coaches believe Saturday's showdown between Albany State and Valdosta State could be an offensive explosion.

The Rams will feature their solid running game and the Blazers will rely on passing game with a senior quarterback and corps of fast receivers.

Last August Albany State was searching for a running back during preseason camp.

The man who looked like he would be the go to guy was Brian Porter.

That is until Porter broke his scapula before the Rams first game and missed the entire 2006 season.

After watching last year from the sidelines, Brian Porter could not wait to get back on the field.

That showed with his 116 yard rushing performance against North Carolina Central including a 60 yard touchdown run.

After showing N.C, Central what he can do with the pigskin in his hands, Porter is ready to show his talents to the Valdosta State defense this Saturday.

Brian Porter said "It is a chance for me to redeem myself. To show them my true skills and help my team win the game."

Valdosta State fans were somewhat surprised last year when Chris Hatcher announced that Fort Valley State transfer Willie Copeland was his starting quarterback.

 Blazer fans quickly understood why Copeland was the number one quarterback when they saw him on the field.

The senior from Rex earned all-conference honors when he threw for more than 2600 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Copeland and the Blazers are expecting bigger numbers in his second season at VSU.

Willie Copeland said "After being here a full year everything kind of slowed down a little bit. I am making my reads a lot better and things like that."  

Willie Copeland will be have a tough time matching his performance last year against Albany State when threw for the 346 yards against the Rams.    

To get the Golden Rams fired up for Saturday's game at Valdosta State, Albany State hosting a community pep rally Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the HPER gym.

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