GVSU Football Media Day 2017

GVSU football team all smiles at Media Day

It may be hard to remember at times, but football is a game, and games were created to be fun. One annual event that can always be counted on to be fun for Grand Valley State football players, coaches and journalists alike is Media Day, which was held Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Lubbers Stadium.

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Alton Voss, Dylan Carroll, and DeOndre Hogan during the game against Wayne State University on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016

Leading by example

Arriving on a college campus for the first time as a freshman is a scary thing. Most show up without knowledge of the surrounding campus and lacking an established friend group, leaving them feeling timid and small. Fortunately for junior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll, who stands at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 260 pounds, he never feels small.

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Kalen Dunham - game against Findlay on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016.

GVSU defensive back Kalen Dunham dubbed future of secondary

During Grand Valley State football team’s Spring Classic game at Lubbers Stadium Saturday, April 15, the Laker coaching staff made it a point to challenge its younger talent to see if the players had improved their "growth mindset" and approach to the game. One player who proved himself to head coach Matt Mitchell was defensive back Kalen Dunham, who was claimed by Mitchell as the best corner out of the spring practice.

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Coach Matt Mitchell during the game against Wayne State University on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016

No days off

For football fans across the country, the offseason is a long, brutal period that keeps the pigskin away from fans more effectively than the 2015 Denver Broncos defense kept opposing teams from scoring touchdowns. Nothing truly fills the prolate spheroid-shaped hole in the heart during the spring and summer. The same cannot be said for the players. While fans daydream about their favorite team, that team is in the weight room daydreaming about correcting that one wrong step, penalty or ball that slipped through their hands the season prior.

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