Camp fires 6: Standout transfer; Robinson Museum update

A Grambling unit already boasting solid middle linebacker talent in Cliff Exama and Derrick Johnson got an additional jolt this spring with the quick emergence of standout Southern Miss transfer Antonio Leonard. The 6-2, 195-pound product of Jonesboro-Hodge is a rising junior.

A multi-faceted performer for prep coach Joey Pender, Leonard finished with 70 tackles, five forced fumbles, one interception and two defensive scores as a senior in 2006. That’s not to mention rushing for 300 and a touchdown, averaging 35 yards on kickoff returns (and scoring a TD) and adding 250 yards receiving and two more touchdowns.

He earned all-district and was selected to play in Max Emfinger’s 2A Bowl, where Leonard was rated as a five-star athlete. He also lettered in baseball and track, where he was a member of the 4×200 relay team.

Leonard, whose cousin Charles Scott is a running back at LSU, has shown the same kind of range and speed at the linebacker’s spot for Grambling — bolstering a group that loses Bayou Classic MVP Keefe Hall.

Grambling linebackers coach Andre Robinson also confirmed to me today that John Carter will return in the fall. Carter made 51 tackles — including three for a loss — as a starter on the weakside in 2007. He added 32 tackles as a reserve in 2005-06.

ROBINSON MUSEUM
A new roof, steel framing for interior walls and concrete flooring has been completed at the site of the future Eddie G. Robinson Museum on campus. Work is being done by Shreveport’s Zac Construction.

While this visible progress in Grambling’s former women’s basketball gymnasium is certainly good news for supporters who have pushed for this recognition for Grambling’s legendary former football coach, worries over funding continue to loom. I don’t think the state’s budget programs will stall the effort, but it could delay the planned grand opening for later this fall.

See the latest images: Gallery 2: Eddie Robinson Museum project update, 3/21

To join the effort, send donations to the Friends of Eddie Robinson Museum Foundation, c/o P.O. Box 550, Grambling, La., 71272.

TIGER PAUSE
Grambling’s next scrimmage in front of this weekend’s Black and Gold Game is Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the Robinson Stadium practice fields. … The team has continued to hold early morning practices, with everyone reporting at 5:45 a.m. so that players with class can participate in the entire session. … TheBleacherReport.com named Grambling product Doug Williams as the sixth greatest black quarterback of all time — noting “his Super Bowl win opened the floodgates for black quarterbacks everywhere.” He finished behind No. 5 Marlin Brisco, No. 4 Michael Vick, No. 3 Steve McNair, No. 2 Randall Cunningham and No. 1 Warren Moon.

EXPANDED COVERAGE OF GRAMBLING’S SPRING 2009 PRACTICES:

Video: First-team offensive drills, Week 1.
Receiver/secondary drills, Week 1.
Defense dominates first Grambling scrimmage; see photos, video
Photo galleries: Grambling opens 2009 spring practices.
More from Week 1 of Grambling’s ongoing spring sessions.
Defense dominates first Grambling scrimmage; see photos, video

STOKING THE ‘FIRES’:

Previous notebooks from Grambling’s spring camp: Camp fires 1: Notes from Grambling spring practices.
Camp fires 2: Quarterback depth chart; scrimmage planned.
Camp fires 3: Friendly battles, zippy corners, a two-sport star?
Camp fires 4: Dillon defends receivers; halting the rumor mill
Camp fires 5: Goals for next year; starters and rising stars

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7 comments

  1. I just helped scotty anderson change his tire in shreveport yesterday is he still playing ball? i seen a helmet in the trunk!

  2. I just helped scotty anderson change his tire in shreveport yesterday is he still playing ball? i seen a helmet in the trunk!


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