Competitive fire still there after stirring season

There was no let up, as Grambling entered its first spring sessions after winning the SWAC title.

Not at all.

Coaches, on separate occasions, made a series of starters from last season hit the turf at the Robinson Stadium practice fields for pushups after mishandling the football on Monday.

Receivers were sent back to run again after failing to flatten their route on an inside cut. Linemen were asked to line up again and again to work on inside leverage of foot work.

Third-year coach Rod Broadway, again and again, stressed insular details of the game like securing the ball.

No let up.

“See it and tuck,” Broadway, pictured above in these opening sessions, admonished the receivers. “See it and tuck. You can’t wait until you are down the field. You have to secure the ball right away.”

Grambling is practicing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the last Saturday in March, when the team will conduct its concluding scrimmage. Broadway is stressing fundamentals for a team losing only a handful of seniors.

“These guys want to be good; they want to do well,” he told me, as the cornerbacks drilled. “They understand last year won’t help next year. We are trying to put last year behind us. It’s done; it’s over.”

–See a slideshow of images from the opening day of Grambling practices here.

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