Blazers Ranked 35th in Preseason Poll
July 23, 2011By Joseph Thrasher of Belhaven University
Blazers Ranked 35th in VSN Preseason Poll, Wadlington Tabbed a VSN "Super Six" Player
7/7/2011 1:53:33 PM Grand Island, Neb-The Belhaven football team is ranked 35th in the Victory Sports Network preseason NAIA Poll conducted by VSN founder Jason Dannelly. Blazer senior linebacker Ricky Wadlington was also named as a "Super Six" player and top NAIA linebacker when the VSN released their preseason honors.
The leader of the defense is without a doubt linebacker Ricky Wadlington who put up some impressive numbers last season. Wadlington, a senior from Oxford, MS, led Belhaven with 104 tackles in 2010 and averaged 9.5 tackles per game to lead the entire Mid-South Conference. Wadlington had nine tackles for a loss, one interception, and one forced fumble in addition to his team leading tackle total. The 104 tackles places him third for the most tackles in school history for a single season.
In addition, Wadlington was selected to the MSC West Division All-Conference Team and was the Defensive Player of the Year. "Ricky (Wadlington) is the heartbeat of our defense," commented Thrasher. "He is a big time leader and I'm looking forward to what he can bring to the table again this season."
The VSN Preseason Poll can be viewed by clicking here and the VSN Preseason Honorees list can be viewed by clicking here