As Grambling’s quarterback derby heats up, Anthony Carrothers finds new home

Even as Grambling continues to sort through its quarterback situation, last year’s starter has landed at Winston-Salem State. Anthony Carrothers is a product of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Independence High School.

He left Grambling over the summer, having passed for 1,443 yards and seven touchdowns as the Tigers went 9-2. Carrothers, a shifty, undersized dual threat, also ran for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

His departure set the stage for an on-going battle back at Grambling between Frank Rivers, D.J. Williams — son of returning Tigers head coach Doug Williams — and Jonathan Williams. That competition heated up on Friday, as the team competed for the first time in 7-on-7 formations.

“The three young quarterbacks did a good job. Jonathan Williams and D.J and Frank all threw the ball well,” Doug Williams said. “The good thing about these young guys is that they picked up the offense pretty good. That’s a blessing which means as a coach you can have confidence in whoever is back there.”

Carrothers’ transfer back to his home state follows a scary offseason for Winston-Salem State starter Kameron Smith, who helped the program to an 8-2 mark in 2010 but was missing from spring practices after surgery for Crohn’s disease. Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor has since confirmed that Smith will return to practice, and will begin the 2011 fall sessions at the No. 1 spot.

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