Grambling football open Spring Practice Thursday

From Grambling State University Sports Information:

GRAMBLING, La. | It has been nearly three months since the last time the Grambling State University football team was on the field, but the Tigers will begin preparation for the 2019 season with the first of 15 spring practices on Thursday at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. 

Grambling State will practice eight times in March, starting with the first one on Thursday. The Tigers will wrap up the spring schedule with seven practices in April. Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs announced the team will move from its morning practices to afternoons and that Saturday scrimmage times have yet to be determined.

“I am really excited to have an opportunity get on the field and get started,” Fobbs said. “A lot of time and effort have gone into getting ready for this, and our young men have continued to work hard in the offseason in preparing for the upcoming year.”

The Tigers return several key pieces off last year’s team, including starting quarterback Geremy Hickbottom and offensive lineman William Waddell. Grambling State returns eight on the offensive side of the football and seven on defense, including Joseph McWilliams, who was an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) First Team selection as a defensive back.

Fobbs and his staff will use the spring to continue developing depth and evaluating young players to more onto the two-deep roster.

“The guys that have been here and played, we know what they can do,” Fobbs said. “The veterans are going to get their work, but the spring is really about the young guys. They’re going to get the majoring of the reps and scrimmage action. This is their time to prove they can come in and contribute.”

Grambling State will be looking to fill the holes at linebacker with the departure of 2018 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year De’Arius Christmas. In addition, Fobbs and the coaching staff will also be looking to replace key positions in the defensive backfield.

Not only will the Tigers be looking to fill position gaps, but Grambling State will be breaking in a new offensive scheme with the arrival of offensive coordinator/running backs coach Mark Orlando. Orlando takes over for Lee Fobbs and has a wealth of experience as an offensive coordinator, previously serving in the same capacity at Alabama State.

The Tigers will hold its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 13. The Black and Gold game will kickoff at noon at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

Grambling State will conclude its spring slate on Tuesday, April 16.

2019 Spring Football Practice Schedule
Practice 1Thursday, March 7ShortsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 2Saturday, March 9ShortsMorning Practice
Practice 3Tuesday, March 12ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 4Thursday, March 14ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 5Saturday, March 16Full PadsMorning Practice
Practice 6Tuesday, March 19ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 7Thursday, March 21ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 8Saturday, March 23Full Pads – ScrimmageMorning Practice
Practice 9Tuesday, April 2ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 10Thursday, April 4ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 11Saturday, April 6Full Pads – ScrimmageMorning Practice
Practice 12Tuesday, April 9ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 13Thursday, April 11ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)
Practice 14Saturday, April 14BLACK AND GOLD GAMENoon
Practice 15Tuesday, April 16ShellsAfternoon Practice (3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.)

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