Grambling notebook: Thoughts on Leahy; quarterback update; running with authority

I’m not seeing a whole lot of difference in the basic offensive scheme under Bob Leahy, though he seems to like a short-to-intermediate passing game — and often keys off play action.

Both have favored emerging quarterback Danny Reyes’s style.

“We’re not changing a whole lot,” head coach Rod Broadway told me. “It’s just different people.”

None more notable perhaps than Reyes, who’s filling in as Greg Dillon’s paperwork for another year of eligibility works its way through the NCAA process. In an unsettled positional battle, Reyes has been the clear No. 1 this spring, with Rayville product Justin Higgins still suffering through some inconsistency and No. 3 Calvin Works showing flashes.

Mangaging through sweeping offseason changes, Leahy has been the calm in the eye of the storm. He teaches with a quiet intensity, drilling and drilling and drilling until something’s done correctly. His temperament thus far couldn’t be more different from the fiery James Spady.

“Coach Leahy has been a lot of places; he knows what he’s talking about,” said running back Frank Warren. “He’s trying to keep a lot of the same terminology, and the playcalling is pretty much the same. There are just a few things swapped up. That will help.”

Though in street clothes, Dillon has attended every practice — informally learning the new offense under Leahy in case he’s cleared for a return. He’s also working as a volunteer coach with Reyes and Co., as the group studies these new wrinkles.

NICK’S NOTES: New offensive line coach Keith Wagner is focusing on pass blocking, a big deficiency last season. Improvement there will be critical with the possibility of a new quarterback. … Defensive coordinator Clifford Yoshida was around this weekend, but was not on the field coaching the Grambling defense Monday. … Don’t know where receiver Van Phillips fits into this remade Grambling offense yet, but nobody is talking bigger. He loves to get in guys’ heads. … Warren, who’s run for 900-plus yards twice in last three years, has never rushed with more authority. He’s gotten bigger, too.

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