Thank you for everything BG. pic.twitter.com/v2T85fPtmE— Austin Valdez (@AValdez01) March 2, 2017
So, bad news for the BG Football program, as starting MLB Austin Valdez has decided to graduate and be a 5th-year transfer elsewhere in college football.
This is a difficult blow. The defense had enough issues as it was last year and this just makes it more difficult for a team that has a very tough schedule and is attempting to claw its way back to respectability with question marks in the program leadership.
Trent Greene also left, so BG has pretty big gaps at LB to fill. The heir apparent would be Nate Locke, who has been in the rotation for a couple years but has never had to carry the burden on his own. Valdez was hurt much of last year, so there was PT for the next level of players. BG returns 6 starters on defense.
I wish Valdez the best. It is his life and he has to do what is right for him. I don't like the graduate transfer rule, but it exists and he should be able to go to school where he wants. Coaches get to go when they want, I get to go where i want, it seems reasonable that a player could do something like this too.
He was a great Falcon. First-team All-MAC as a junior on a championship team, 222 total career tackles and 13 TFL. He played in 37 games total over his 3 playing seasons.
So, best of luck Austin. You're always a champion in BG.