Grambling State second-year head coach Broderick Fobbs understood that his team couldn’t have come within one win of playing for the SWAC championship last season if not for the surprising play of redshirt senior Johnathan Williams.

During a recent interview previewing spring camp, Fobbs lauded Williams for his 2014 performance and his offseason improvement.

“He pretty much carried us last year,” Fobbs said about Williams who was named starter after his 250-yard performance in the State Fair Classic against Prairie View last September.

How good was Williams down the stretch? He threw for 18 touchdowns, complied 2,454 yards and completed 58.5 percent of his passes.

Williams, who started the season as Grambling’s third-string quarterback, also led the SWAC in passing yards per game, passer efficiency rating and total offense.

With with Williams under center for his first full season, Grambling will be among the favorites to win the SWAC West, SWAC championship and possibly earn a berth in the inaugural Celebration Bowl.


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