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Grambling Tigers - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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Grambling Tigers – 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home / Away

8/31/13

Alabama A&M

 

H

9/7/13

ULM

 

A

9/14/13

UMO Lincoln

 

A

9/21/13

Alabama State

 

A

9/28/13

Lamar

 

H

10/5/13

Prairie View A&M

 

A

10/12/13

Alcorn State

 

A

10/19/13

Jackson State

 

A

10/26/13

Texas Southern

 

H

11/2/13

Mississippi Valley

 

H

11/9/13

UAR - Pine Bluff

 

A

11/30/13

Southern

 

A

 

Notes about the Grambling Tigers

They Move the Chains: With a year of seasoning under his belt, QB DJ Williams appears ready for a big season. Doug's son threw for 1,193 yards last season, but needs to work on his touchdown to interception ratio (5 tds, 7 ints). Grambling is deep at the running back position with Juwan Marin, Cedric Skinner, Justin Fortson and Jeremy Runner competing for carries. Skinner was the team's leading rusher last season with 412 yards with six touchdowns. The Tigers will have some experience on the line with Clint Marsh and Justin Miller returning. Robert Bailey and Anthony McGhee will lead the receiving corp.

Blitz Patrol: New defensive coordinator Dennis Winston has been brought in to fix a unit that gave up 32 points per game last season. The Tigers rush defense was gouged for 211 yards per game. Under Winston, Grambling will have a different look and play a 4-3 defense. Aaron Reed, Steve Orisakwe and Rod Stevens have experience and are being counted on as the defensive leaders. Coach Williams was impressed with the play of the line backers in the spring.

Unsung Hero: The Tigers kicking game has been dreadful, but that all changes this season with the addition of Rayville's Jonathan Wallace. Coach Doug Williams says he gives the program a huge lift who will be a difference maker. Wallace is projected to handle all the kicking duties for the Tigers this season.

Former Aces: Former Carroll star Tyree Hollins is a returning starter in the secondary. The junior had 61 tackles last season with eight pass breakups. Runner is a former Neville star who is a dangerous playmaker in the open field. The sophomore found the end zone three times last year for Grambling. The Tigers' defensive line remains a concern, but former Farmerville star Centerio Ford has a year of experience under his belt. The sophomore was thrown into the fire last season and is better because of it.

National Ink: Grambling is not receiving much preseason love. At the SWAC media days, the Tigers were picked to finish fourth in the west. In addition, no Tigers were voted on the league's preseason first team.

Must-See Matchup: All Grambling scheduling conversations start and end with the Tigers matchup with Southern. The Baby Bayou Classic on November 30th is a showdown that fans look forward to each season. The G-men will be out for revenge next season after Southern beat them 38-33 last season.

Postseason Prospects: Doug Williams is in the third year of his second stint as the head coach of the Tigers program. Last year's one win season goes down as the most disappointing year in Williams' legendary career. Fortunately, the Tigers have put last year's season in the rear view mirror and are looking ahead to the possibility of competing for a SWAC championship again.

Coach Talk: "Last year we lost two games by a total of two points. We lost five games total by 12 points. A lot of that was due to special teams since we did not have a kicker. In addition to having a kicker, changing the defense and the offense getting older; I feel good about this year. We understand last year was not typical of what Grambling is suppose to be."
— Grambling Head Coach Doug Williams

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