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Former GVSU linebacker Dylan Carroll signs with Chicago Bears, prepares for pro career

Every kid that grew up playing football in the backyard with their friends dreamed of playing in the National Football League (NFL) one day, and that dream became a reality for former Grand Valley State University linebacker Dylan Carroll, who signed with the Chicago Bears Saturday, April 27. “Ever since I can remember, it has been a dream of mine to play in the NFL,” said Carroll. “I remember playing backyard football with my friends and neighbors, growing up pretending we were NFL players and an NFL team. I attended a Detroit Lions game when I was 8 years old and told my dad that was going to be me out there one day.”

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GVSU football finishes spring practices, prepares for 2019 season

Spring is in the air in Allendale, and while many students are stressing over finals, the Grand Valley State football team has been conducting their annual spring practices, which culminated on Saturday, April 13 at the 2019 Football Spring Classic at Kelly Family Sports. GVSU football fans were invited to enjoy tailgate food, enter a few raffles, buy Laker football merchandise and, most importantly, watch the football team prepare for the 2019. 

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Bart Williams is measured at GVSU's pro day. Courtesy / GVSU Athletics

Seven Lakers participate in GVSU football pro day

Every athlete dreams of one day suiting up for a professional team and on Thursday, March 21, several men made a step toward making that dream a reality as Grand Valley State held their annual pro day at the Kelly Family Sports Center. Quarterback Bart Williams, wide receiver Nick Dodson, offensive lineman David Dawson, defensive linemen Dylan Carroll and Kwanii Figueroa, linebacker Tyree Horton and defensive back Jacob Studdard participated representing the Lakers.  

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GVL/Katherine Vasile, GVSU football playoff game, 11-17-18, Lubbers Stadium

Laker football inks 2019 recruiting class

The Grand Valley State football team signed 33 high school players to come play for the Lakers on Thursday, Feb. 6 as part of the annual National Signing Day. The class includes 16 offensive players, 16 defensive players and one kicker.  “This is a strong group in three position groups: receiver, interior defensive lineman and the secondary as a whole, I think we have some good mixtures on those,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “They’re all really good students, I think they’re going to fit in with our campus culture and environment and what we’re doing academically and socially too and that’s important to me.”

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Bart Williams scans the field for an open target in 2017.  GVL / Emily Frye

A letter to Laker Nation

Editor's note: With the career of GVSU football's all-time leader in pass yardage and touchdowns coming to a close, Bart Williams sends an exclusive farewell to the community he spent six years with. 

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Bart Williams scrambles out of the pocket for a first down against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, Nov. 17. GVL / Katherine Vasile

End of the line: GVSU football season ends in rout to Northwest Mo. State

The No. 6 seeded Northwest Missouri State Bearcats ran the ball. Then they ran it again. Then again. Then they ran the No. 3 seeded Grand Valley State Lakers out of the playoffs, beating them 42-17 in the first round of the Division II football playoffs. The Lakers' season record ends up at 10-2.  The biggest play of the game came after GVSU scored their only offensive touchdown of the game – a two-yard run by Jack Provencher – to cut NMSU’s lead to 21-17. After the ensuing kickoff was muffed, leaving the Bearcats at their own 16-yard line, running back Isaiah Strayhorn took the first play of the drive 84 yards for a score that would eventually serve as the clincher. 

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Do or die: GVSU football prepares for Northwest Mo. State in playoff bout

The Grand Valley State football team has won 10 out of 11 games in 2018. Over those 10 wins, the Lakers have defeated three of last year’s NCAA Division II Playoffs participants. Seven of those victories are by double digits and six are by at least 21 points.  Their resume has earned them the No. 3 seed in NCAA’s DII Super Region Three and an opportunity to host a national powerhouse: the No. 6 seeded Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. The program has won six national championships – including four since 2009 and as recently as 2016 – compared to GVSU’s four.

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Bart Williams throws a pass in a game against Wayne State on Nov. 10. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Terrific ten: GVSU ends season comfortably with win over Wayne State

  One of the special parts of football in Michigan is the unpredictability of weather. To begin the season, the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers played in temperatures over 80 degrees. On Saturday, Nov. 10, that same team entered the same stadium in sub-freezing temperatures with snow on the ground and beat the Wayne State Warriors 45-21. With the victory, the Lakers finish the regular season 10-1(8-1 GLIAC) and will now prepare for the NCAA Division II postseason.

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