Saturday, July 15, 2017

Can anybody catch Grambling in the SWAC? 'Everyone wants to exceed that standard'

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs doesn’t see the target on his team’s back, but he feels it.

After his Tigers went 10-0 against Southwestern Conference competition last season — including a come-from-behind win in the SWAC championship game — and then followed it up with a win in the Celebration Bowl, Fobbs knows everybody is gunning to take his team down a peg.

“Absolutely,” Fobbs said. “At the end of the day, every time you set the standard, everyone wants to exceed that standard. We understand that, that’s the reason we worked extremely hard.

“We don’t want to play the same way we played last year, we want to play better than we played last year. Of course we want the same result, but we realize we have to play better than we did last year in order to achieve so many goals.”

Grambling is expected to set the standard again this season. With several key pieces coming back, including SWAC Offensive Player of the Year Devante Kincade, Grambling was picked to win the SWAC west for the third consecutive year.

Asked if the gap between Grambling and the rest of the league is too big to overcome, Alcorn State coach Fred McNair was not so sure. McNair’s club was picked to win the SWAC east for the fourth straight year.


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