Nearly two weeks after Grambling claimed their second consecutive SWAC crown, they're headed back to practice.
Their latest challenge? Keeping their legs and minds fresh for North Carolina A&T.
They're juggling school work and playbooks and their season and semester wraps up.
"You want to try to get all of your preparation and stuff done before you leave, and today is our last day of preparation, " says Tigers head coach Broderick Fobbs. "Last week, we wanted to heal a little bit. The first part of the week then we put the pads back on. Saturday and Sunday, and today we'll get another work day on Wednesday. But, it won't be as long as today."
The road to winning back to back black national championships won't be an easy one.
A&T comes in undefeated, thanks in part to their offense, that's totaling 429 yards a week."
"Well, they're really good up front, " Fobbs continued. "Then they have a really good quarterback. Anytime he's in trouble, he uses his legs to get out of it. They're kind of somewhat spread a little bit. But, they have a power scheme involved with it, where they want to run the football as well."
Despite the outstanding numbers Gramblng has posted this season, they haven't quite faced a defense like the Aggies.
They're only giving up an average of 12 points per weeks, tops in the MEAC conference.
"It starts with their defensive line, " says Fobbs. "They want to stop the run first. Then after that they want to force you into third and long type situations and really try to get after your quarterback. So, for us, we have to win the battle of first down and keep it in second and medium, and third and medium type situations."
Grambling faces North Carolina A&T in the Celebration Bowl on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Atlanta.
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