Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Which newcomers could make an impact for GSU this season

GRAMBLING, Louisiana -- The week is here. Reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference and HBCU national champions Grambling State opens preseason camp this Sunday night on campus.

Fourth-year head coach Broderick Fobbs and coaching staff will have a little over a month to evaluate the Tigers and fill in the holes left by seven first-team All-SWAC seniors from last season’s 11-1 championship squad.

The defensive side of the ball, more specifically the defensive line, took the brunt of the departure of talent, and that’s where Fobbs will be paying extra close attention during fall practice.

Here are some newcomers or potential new starters to look for as GSU approaches the 2017 season opener at Tulane University Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

On the defensive line, it’ll be tough to replace 2016 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in Donovan McCray along with first-team All-Conference D-lineman Samuel Reese. Fobbs and defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Everett Todd will first look to Brandon Varner.


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