Grambing State’s ascension atop the SWAC West has seemingly surprised everyone but Broderick Fobbs.

After losing the first three games of the regular season, Grambling is in the midst of a three-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s matchup against SWAC East leading Alcorn State in the home opener.

“I thought we had a little more talent than the level we were picked,” Fobbs said about preseason prognostications that had Grambling finishing near the bottom of the league standings after going 2-24 over the last three seasons.

Grambling’s rise can be contributed in part due to Fobbs’ fixation on the first-year head coach incorporating the many principles he learned from the late Eddie Robinson – a man he played under in the mid-1990s.

“There is not any secret formula,” he said. “We just believe in doing the things the right way.”

“Everything we do comes from Eddie Robinson. Everything that comes out of my mouth, quotes that deal with Coach Robinson… the way we go about doing things is the way he went about doing things.”

Even though Fobbs acknowledges his current players might not understand his reliance on old-school football teachings, those lessons are the foundation he hopes to rebuild Grambling football on.

“Some basic things (Robinson) stood for I will not get away from.”


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