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‘Loving to hit people’: defensive lineman Dylan Carroll provides GVSU with leadership

It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s still true to this day: defense wins championships. Thankfully for the Grand Valley State football team, their defense is in great shape thanks to the leadership and determination of senior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll. Carroll has been appearing as the villain in the nightmares of opposing GLIAC quarterbacks over the past four years, as he’s tallied 139 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks as of Sept. 21, 2018. Like many college football players, Carroll started his playing career as a running back, but found a passion for playing on the other side of the ball early on. 

Nick Dodson and Jack Provencher collaborate during GVSU's season opener against Indianapolis. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Big three: GVSU football crushes NMU on the road

The Grand Valley State football team has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016 after making the six-and-a-half hour bus ride to Marquette, Mich. where the beat the Northern Michigan Wildcats 47-17. The win also gets the Lakers on the board in GLIAC contests. GVSU’s offense nearly matched their scoring output from the first two games of the season combined led by quarterback Bart Williams who completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 280 yards and four touchdowns. With the scores, Williams tied – and then passed – Cullen Finnerty for second place in GVSU football history in touchdown passes with 112.

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Walled off: senior tackle Ben Walling looks to push Laker offense to elite level

Linemen are the toughest competitors in football, and Grand Valley State's Ben Walling is no exception. Standing at six-feet-five-inches tall and weighing 295 pounds, he has become acclimated to walling off the competition for more than three years now at GVSU. Walling has established himself as one of the GLIAC’s best offensive tackles. With 37 consecutive starts including playoff games under his belt, the 2017 first team all-GLIAC right tackle has consistently anchored the right side of an offensive line that has had little trouble imposing its will since Walling arrived on campus in 2014. 

Chawntez Moss extends to score his first touchdown as a Laker in the third quarter against UIndy on Aug. 31. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

One and oh: GVSU football rolls over Indianapolis to open season

The No. 10 ranked Grand Valley State football team opened their season on a dominant note, defeating No. 13 Indianapolis 30-7 at Lubbers Stadium.  “Good team win. Obviously that’s a good football team we played,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “Great job by our guys, our coaches, offense and defense coming together and playing even when we were down. We never questioned anything, we just kept playing.”

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Go green at GV’s Zero Waste Football Games

Beginning at 7 p.m. at Lubbers Stadium during the first home football game of the year, GVSU’s Office of Sustainability will be hosting the fifth annual Zero Waste Football Games. This program aims to decrease the amount of waste that enters landfills during football games by educating fans on the correct bin to dispose of their garbage. Volunteers will be near waste stations throughout the stadium to assist visitors in placing their refuse in either the recycle, compost or landfill bins.