Courtesy of Grambling State Athletic Communications:
The Grambling State University football program is doing a nine-part series, as we look to breakdown each position. Today, we begin a look at the Tiger defense, starting with the defensive linemen
Position Coach: Ken Delgado
Defense is known to win championships, so it is no surprise Grambling State returns a wealth on the defensive line. Blend that in with the new coming group and this defense has a chance to be something special.
Delgado, who has spent more than 30 years as a coach at many different levels, said he is excited about the opportunity to coach in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and looks forward to the challenge.
With fall camp still in high gear, Delgado was quick to point out that the defensive line continues to improve day in and day out.
“The main focus for our defensive line is to establish our work habits, changing the culture here, not just with the whole team, but within each position group,” Delgado said. “We want to be physical and play with effort, along with being sharp in our assignments.”
Delgado said Tiger fans can expect the defensive line to play hard and be physical.
“Hopefully we will be able to impact the game in a positive way for us to contribute to our winning season,” he said. “I think I have a pretty good group of guys who have the ability, especially at the defensive end position. I think that will be a factor as we march through the season.”
One of the biggest names on the defensive line that will look to make an impact is All-SWAC First Team performer Sundiata Anderson.
Anderson has earned many preseason honors, including being named an HBCU BOXTOROW All-American. Last season, he registered a team-high five sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss of 42 yards. He also forced a team-high three fumbles, and had two quarterback hurries, along with one pass breakup.
Key Returners: Sundiata Anderson, Javon Carter, Wesley Green, Jaden Hardy, Lane Lewis, Cameron Richardson, Syemere Roberts and Jalon Sheffield,
Newcomers: Meldon Capurs, Xavier Cousar, Byron Jones, Bradley Lewis, Chandler Moncrief, Terrion Morgan, Jacoby Scott and Markeis Sykes
Coming up next: Linebackers
Season Opener: Saturday, September 3, 2022 | at Arkansas State | 6 p.m. | Centennial Bank Stadium | ESPN+
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