Quick hits: Four former GV football players receive NFL camp invitations

Four GV football graduates receive NFL camp invitations

Although there weren’t any Lakers selected in the 2017 NFL draft, four graduating members of the Grand Valley State football team were worthy enough to receive camp invitations. All four players play on the defensive side.

Defensive back Donte Carey received an invitation from the Cleveland Browns. The six-footer had a breakout senior season for the Lakers, grabbing six interceptions and 47 total tackles.

Another defensive back invited was Marquez Gollman by the San Francisco 49ers. Gollman, who was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, earned First-Team All-GLIAC in 2015 and 2016.

Defensive lineman Sydney Omameh received his invitation from the Kansas City Chiefs. Omameh transferred to GVSU from Ohio Dominican for his senior season in 2016.

Linebacker David Talley received two camp invitations by the Green Bay Packers and the Houston Texans. Ultimately, Talley decided to accept the invitation from the Texans. Talley totaled 128 tackles during the Lakers’ 2015 season and 76 in 2016.

Former GV athletic director publishes book

After 19 years of building the reputation of Grand Valley State athletics, former GVSU athletic director Tim Selgo wrote and published “Anchor Up: Competitive Greatness the Grand Valley Way” with the help of author Gary Brown.

Selgo, who has been credited for GVSU’s rise in NCAA Division II athletics, wrote “Anchor Up” as a reflection that chronicles his time and lessons learned during his experiences as an athletic administrator. This book also aims to be a “how-to” guide for all other athletic administrators to help their student athletes achieve “competitive greatness.”

GVSU had never won a national championship prior to Selgo’s hiring, but while Selgo was the athletic director, the Lakers won 19 NCAA Division II titles and 173 GLIAC championships.

The foreword of “Anchor Up” is written by former GVSU head football coach and current Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly.

After retiring in July of 2016, Selgo is now an adjunct professor at Davenport University and a consultant with Athletics Staffing & Consultants.

The official release date for “Anchor Up” is Tuesday, May 9. Copies for the book are available for purchase at the Laker Store or on www.amazon.com.

GV men’s and women’s tennis teams eliminated

It was a rough week for the Grand Valley State tennis program, as both teams were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 2.

The men’s team made it all the way to the NCAA Regional Finals, but their road came to a halt after Ferris State defeated the Lakers 5-1 Sunday, April 30. The Lakers’ lone win came from the No. 1 doubles pairing of Zach Phillips and Alex van de Steenoven. 

The men’s team ended their season at 20-8 after earning the four seed in the Midwest Region. 

The women’s team advanced to the NCAA Midwest Region Final as the No. 5 ranked team but was eliminated by the No. 1 seed Indianapolis 5-3 Tuesday, May 2. 

GVSU finishes its season with a 22-9 overall record and a 9-2 record in GLIAC play.