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Leesburg's Talley Decides On Valdosta State, Page 2
Jackets In College John Talley, Valdosta State University (GA)

Leesburg's Talley Decides On Valdosta State

By GLEN GIFFORD
of the Leesburg Commercial
Leesburg Commercial
March 10, 1983
Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 8:49 p.m.

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Particularly the St. Cloud game," Foster said. "That was a playoff-caliber team. If you can do well
against the good teams you can do well against anybody."

Talley's goal of playing college football seemed almost out of reach a year ago, when he sat out the
entire season because of an enlarged spleen resulting from a summer bout with mononucleosis.

But when he returned for spring practice preceding his senior year, the Leesburg coaches began
targeting him for a starting role.

"He has strength and a very evident desire not to be tackled. That and the fact that he reads blocks
very well on the line of scrimmage," Foster said.

Before he begins practice with the Blazers, Talley said he hopes to put on five or 10 pounds and take a
tenth of a second off his time in the 40-yard dash. He currently runs a 4.6.

Talley's signing adds to a long list of Foster coached players who have earned scholarships. In 24
years as a high school ahead coach, most recently at Clermont, South Sumter and Leesburg, Foster
said he has lost count of the exact number. According to Talley, Foster's success in placing players in
college football is no coincidence.

"The most I've ever learned from football was from Coach Foster this year," he said.     

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This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com