October 1, 2007
Valdosta - Former Dougherty High quarterback Ronnye Nelson was recruited as the quarterback of the future at Valdosta State.
But that hasn't stopped the Blazers from using Nelson's talents while senior Willie Copeland.
VSU head coach David Dean moved the redshirt freshman to running back and it has proven to be a very smart move.
The Blazers have a number of plays they can run with Nelson in the center.
Nelson, who hasn't played running back since he was eight years old, is averaging more than four yards a carry and is also very reliable catching the football out of the backfield.
Ronnye just loves the fact he is able to help his team win games after he sitting out last year with a redshirt.
Ronnye Nelson said "It was real hard. I had to come out and watch and it made eager to get out on the field. So, now I am just going to take the opportunity that was presented to me and make the best of it."
David Dean said "He can do a lot of things for us. He can play wide out. He can play running back and he can also play quarterback. So, we are going to move him around. we have got to find ways to get the football into his hands because he is going to make something happen."
Ronnye Nelson's backfield mate Michael Terry is the Gulf South Conference's offensive player of the week.
The senior from Americus had 181 yards rushing on just nine carries and scored two touchdowns in the Blazers win over Ouachita Baptist.
Valdosta State is on the road Saturday at Southern Arkansas. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. eastern.