Grambling seeks answers on offense, boasts stout defense heading towards 2018 season

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Broderick Fobbs and Grambling football

We don’t see much about how the Grambling State Tigers are doing in spring but head coach Broderick Fobbs has done a superlative job through four seasons at the SWAC power reborn under his guidance.

Having to replace quarterback Devante Kincaid and running back Martez Carter after a 11-3 season is top priority for Fobbs and a key new assistant. Kincaid departs with a trunk full of schools records. Reginald Nelson, the new GSU offensive coordinator, was a two-time All-American at McNeese and played briefly in the NFL.

Heir apparent behind center is Geremy Hickbottom. The Mobile, Alabama product is a hard worker with a great intelligence.

The top target for the Tigers is Warren Easton product Darrel Clark, who snared 44 passes with five scores in 2017.

Tight end Jordan Jones (6-2, 260) will be a two-year starter as a junior. an All-SWAC performer last season, Jones is an excellent blocker with good hands.

A former Neville High standout, junior Quinton Guice (6-1, 190), had 21 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns last season.

The offensive line is a strength for Grambling going into 2018, led by mauling junior right guard William Waddel (6-2, 335). The All-SWAC selection in ’17 is joined up frony by right tackle Kyle Davis (6-4, 305), another Neville alum, who started as true freshman last year.

The defense is stout, directed by coordinator Everett Todd, who has many weapons at his disposal.

The ringleader is the 2017 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, senior De’ Arrius Christmas (5-10, 250) out of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Last season, he tallied 88 stops with 17.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.

Linebacker DeAndre Hogues (6-2, 215), a junior, added 57 tackles with 12 TFL and 6.5 sacks.

Playing the “Kat” position (combo of SS/OLB) is Percy Cargo (6-2, 210) out of Donaldsonville. The senior totaled 54 tackles and 3.5 tcakles for loss. Very hard worker, runs very well and can cover a lot of ground.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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