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Grambling State preview: Tigers look to build on success under Fobbs


9/5 @ Cal 4
9/12 Bethune-Cookman 4
9/19 @ Ala. State 6
9/26 Prairie View 4
(@ Dallas)
10/3 @ Jackson St. 2
10/10 Ala. A&M 3
10/17 @ Alcorn St. 2
10/24 Miss. Valley St. 2
11/17 Texas Sou. 2
(@ Shreveport)
11/14 @ Ark.-Pine Bluff 2:30
11/28 Southern 4
(@ New Orleans)

Bossier Parish players
DB Jaterious Pouncey, Airline, So.

Last season, Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs engineered one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Louisiana college football history.
Grambling State was coming off a tumultuous 2013 season. The Tigers won just one game and had to forfeit one after the players staged a boycott in the wake of the firing of GSU legend Doug Williams as head coach. Players complained of “substandard facilities, unhealthy conditons and long bus rides,” according to a story in USA Today, and a general lack of respect from the school’s administration.
The Tigers started the 2014 season 0-3 under Fobbs. But they won their next seven and finished 7-5.
This year, the Tigers have been picked to edge Southern for the SWAC Western Division title.
GSU returns two quarterbacks who saw significant playing time last season.
Johnathan Williams played in nine games and led the Tigers in passing and rushing. He completed 168 of 287 passes for 2,454 yards and 18 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 484 yards on 175 carries and scored eight TDs.
Johnson completed 59 of 105 passes for 723 yards with six TDs and four interceptions.
GSU’s top three receivers return — Chad Williams, Chester Rogers and Verlon Hunter.
The Tigers, who averaged 403.9 yards per game, will look for improvement in the running game with Jestin Kelley returning.
The offensive line should be a strength with Justin Miller, Andre Gunn and Trent Scott returning along with tight ends Chris Bazil and Brandon Byrdson.
The Tigers have less experience on defense as only one of the top five tacklers returns, senior Nicholas Peoples, a former Byrd standout. Peoples had 64 tackles and two interceptions last season.
Lineman Jamison Goins, linebacker Arkez Cooper and defensive back Mike Roach also return.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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