Saturday, July 16, 2016

Grambling picked second in SWAC West behind Prairie View

GRAMBLING, Louisiana -- Preseason polls don't matter much to Grambling football coach Broderick Fobbs.

He said it in 2015 and will continue to say it as long as he's coaching. Last year came under different circumstances, though, as Grambling was picked to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division, a label the Tigers lived up to with a trip to the title game in Houston.

This year, that target goes to Prairie View A&M, which was picked as the preseason favorite to meet Alcorn State in the 2016 SWAC title game.

Prairie View earned 41 points to push Grambling (35 points) aside as the team to beat in 2016. In 2015, Grambling was picked to win the West, edging out Southern by just two points (93-91).

"We have a lot of potential. Potential doesn't mean anything," Fobbs told The News-Star on Friday morning via telephone from Birmingham before SWAC Media Day kicked off. "We have a lot of depth, a lot of guys who have played a lot of football and have played well for us. That's the way we set our program. We set our program where a lot of guys play. The reason we do that so when guys leave we always have guys with some experience to step in and play."


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