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.
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