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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. 

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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. 

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Bart Williams prepares to throw the ball on Saturday September 9, 2017.  GVL / Emily Frye

Grand Valley's Gunslinger

Every good football team needs a good quarterback: a confident leader who is calm under pressure and can make big plays in crunch time. Luckily for the Grand Valley State football team, they have that leader in Bart Williams. The senior has been at the helm for GVSU for a while, starting 39 games for the Lakers. In those games, he has completed 642 of 1,090 passes for 9,854 yards and 105 touchdowns, ranking him first amongst active returning Division II quarterbacks in those respective categories.

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Carter poses in front of the scoreboard at Lubbers Stadium before the 2017 football season.  GVL / Emily Frye

Former GVSU football star Martayveus Carter shot, community offers support

Grand Valley State football’s all-time leading rusher, Martayveus ‘Marty’ Carter, was shot while at a gas station in East Chicago, Ind.  Carter was initially in critical condition but has since pulled through, though his journey to full recovery is far from over. He is currently facing paralysis from a bullet being lodged in his spine. No further updates have been made available by his family. 

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