The inconvenient truth about Grambling’s defense: Dead last

Grambling’s defense, a season after playing a key role in securing the SWAC title, has sunk to the bottom of the conference.

Dead last.

Dead last in total defense, giving up a league-worst 357 yards per game. And a league-worst 27 total touchdowns, and a league-worst in opponent rushng and total yards so far in 2009.

Its pass defense provides but a glimmer of good news: Though ranked No. 4, Grambling has already surrendered 1,300 yards in the air through seven games — after a No. 3-ranked group surrendered just 1,983 total in 13 contests a season ago.

“We’re not playing the type of defense we’re used to playing around here,” Grambling coach Rod Broadway admits. “We are giving up way too many yards. Our No. 1 goal since I have been here has been to stop the run. We’re giving up big plays because of alignments and assignments.”

Blame injuries across coordinator Clifford Yoshida’s unit. Blame inconsistency amongst some newer players. Blame the lack of an emotional leader like Jeffery Jack, one of a number of key departed defenders.

Broadway, in part, blames himself and his staff. He said he spent the bye week working on the little things, hoping that reminders about fundamentals can help get the unit back on track.

“You get guys that are trying to make play, they leave their gap,” Broadway said. “Little things that can be corrected. We are close to putting this thing together but we have a long way to go as far as making the improvements we need to make.”

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