The Valdosta State football team is back at work after a National Championship season.

"They're hungry, they want to get back to the National Championship again," said head coach David Dean. "They got a taste of what that's like to make a run through the playoffs."

The title was the third in school history, but that's behind them. Dean says his players have hit the weight room even harder this summer and are ready for another run. He hopes Cayden Cochran will playa big role this year.

"We have not had a lot of returning quarterbacks in the past, and last year we did return Cayden and I think that's why we were successful," explained Dean. "Just the experience he's had for two year playing for us and being in those big games, big downs, that's going to be very very beneficial, especially when you put a young offensive line in front of him."

The O-line is definitely a concern. Valdosta State is having to break in five new guys up front. Dean is looking to Cochran for help.

"He can control those guys, he can kind of calm those guys down when some adversity starts to hit."

"I trusted them in the beginning," said Cochran. "They're willing to get better and a lot of people are writing us off because it's a new offensive line and we're not going to be as good as we were last year. They take that personal. So they come out there and they know they need to work harder than anyone else in the country."

Valdosta State opens the season on September 7 against Fort Valley State. They will play in Macon at Henderson Stadium.

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