Valdosta State University
November 4, 2010 by staff
Valdosta State University, Over the week, “Wolf Encounters” features profile University of West Georgia senior corner Ken Hale. “Wolf Encounters” is a weekly series that will run throughout the 2010 season of football.
Saturday provided a bit of a surreal feeling for Ken Hale.
The University of West Georgia corner will return to Valdosta State University – the Wolves’ biggest rival – to be on the sidelines of the visit are 14 hours in the southern Gulf Conference kickoff.
That was three seasons ago that Hale enjoyed a round at a national championship with the Blazers – a great experience and accomplishment – but it proved to be a race that ended rather abruptly that following the 2007 title.
Hale became a victim academic VSU dropping the football program and, ultimately, out of school altogether.
This is something that reflects on regrets, but he served a life lesson in solving them.
“I was not suppressing my notes. Of course, you know what happens when you do not do that, “said Hale.
Fortunately for Hale, he had a mentor who would not let it slide into oblivion.
West Georgia assistant head coach and secondary coach James rapeseed, which was on the VSU coaching staff in 2007, had already joined the coaching staff under UWG Daryl Dickey when he heard of the Hale academic difficulties.
“He had his head back right. He told me I had to do. I knew what I should do, “said Hale.
Hale entered the Military College of Georgia, where he focused on getting his GPA up. He also assured that he was to stay in shape – after all, Hale was not ready to give up his gridiron dreams for now.
Thus, after two seasons removed from a national title, Hale got a second chance this year with the Wolves, with rape.
Hale said rape brings a winning attitude and work ethic to the team that some young players need to develop in order to reach this level.
“He has not waived any touchdowns this year. He made some plays for us on third down and was a surprise contributor for us on special teams, so he did everything I asked him to do. No qualms about it. Just come to work every day is all I ask, “said rape.
Dickey was also pleased Hale contributions to the program, on and off the field.
“It was a really good leader for us. More importantly, it’s a great kid. He did everything we asked to do and more. We are truly grateful for him and glad he was able to help us this year, “said Dickey.
And Hale, who has few friends on the Blazers, who loves nothing more than sticking to his old team on Saturday.
“He left Valdosta State on a bad note, he has more motivation this week probably nobody on our team did today,” said rape.
After all, Hale hunger for the game became even stronger after sitting on the sidelines for two seasons.
“I know most people have simply said:” Forget it, man. Just go about your life. “But I love the game I could not pass up. I had to give him another chance. At least finish my year and see where it takes me,” said Hale.
And now he is taken to UWG, Hale said that everything comes full circle, not only in his game, but his life.
“I’m in love. The coaches are treating me good. I’ll do what I do for them. I love every bit of it, “said Hale.
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