Grambling kicks off spring but still waiting on kicker; see video

The kicking game, at least in theory, is a cornerstone of Grambling coach Rod Broadway’s attack — which stresses taking what opponents are willing to give.

Which is often field goals.

No surprise, then, that one of the hallmarks of a typical Grambling practice under Broadway has always been special-teams work. Not this year. Dezmond Spivey, the receiver who doubled as a punter last season, was running around with his old unit. And there were no field-goal drills.

Grambling, it seems, is waiting on the arrival of new signee Mira Loma, Calif., native Ari Johnson, a 5-10, 170-pound product of the San Diego-area Roosevelt High — where he holds school records for extra points in a game (8, vs. Summit, 2007), in a season (36, in 2007) and in a career (95, over the 2006-08 seasons) Johnson also set new marks at Roosevelt for FGs in a season, and longest field goal.

In all, Johnson, who participated in the 2008 California Nike Summer Camp, scored 44 total points (32 PATs with four field goals) as a high school senior.

Check him out:

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12 comments

  1. Man oh man the SWAC is in trouble now Grambling can't be stopped they got a key component a kicker that can kick

  2. Man oh man the SWAC is in trouble now Grambling can’t be stopped they got a key component a kicker that can kick

  3. Damack,
    I heard Leal is still on the team, and was kicking down in The Hole, but I missed him Monday and again today. From the looks of Johnson, it's going to be a great competition.

    NICK

  4. Nick,

    Your outstanding writing style, demostrates a high level of expertise and is a respected representative of the SWAC and the Black and Gold Nation.

    Last but not least, "The Deriso Report" effectively uses execptional reportiong to keep GSU supportors informed.

    Keep up the GREAT work!

  5. Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Willis.

    P.S.: A Luis Leal sighting! He also confirms that there is a new punter working with him in the depths of The Rob each day. I'll touch base with them in future reports.

  6. Damack,
    I heard Leal is still on the team, and was kicking down in The Hole, but I missed him Monday and again today. From the looks of Johnson, it’s going to be a great competition.

    NICK

  7. Nick,

    Your outstanding writing style, demostrates a high level of expertise and is a respected representative of the SWAC and the Black and Gold Nation.

    Last but not least, “The Deriso Report” effectively uses execptional reportiong to keep GSU supportors informed.

    Keep up the GREAT work!

  8. Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Willis.

    P.S.: A Luis Leal sighting! He also confirms that there is a new punter working with him in the depths of The Rob each day. I’ll touch base with them in future reports.


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