Considering what GSU’s new football offense might look like

By T. Scott Boatright

It took new Grambling State football coach Hue Jackson only hours to hit the recruiting trail after being announced as new head G-Man on Dec. 10.

And it appears that recruiting has been successful in bringing plenty of potential talent to Grambling.
A longtime NFL assistant and former head coach of both the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns, Jackson is an offensive specialist who is also well experienced on the collegiate level.

Jackson also spent several years coaching college football, including a stint at Southern California as offensive coordinator and quarterback/running backs coach.

Last year Jackson coached under former NFL running back Eddie George as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee State University, which like Grambling is a HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

In announcing that they’re committing/signing to play for the Tigers (GSU has not released any official signing list so far this early signing period), several of Jackson’s new players have expressed their excitement about coming to play for the offensive guru and at Grambling State.

But what can those players, and Grambling fans, expect from the new Tigers’ offense? No one knows except Coach Jackson and staff. But a little research might offer some clues of what lies ahead on the gridiron for the G-Men.

In a 2016 piece, Foxsports.com’s Joe Gilbert made predictions about the new Cleveland offense after Jackson had been named head coach of that NFL franchise.

Here are the key points that article said about Jackson offenses:

• Hue Jackson’s offense is big on making plays downfield through the passing game.

• The main running style of Hue Jackson’s offense is a power-running scheme.

• Another element of Jackson’s offense is his tendency to pull linemen on running plays.

• Once you take a look at Hue Jackson’s offense, you immediately notice the number of shifts the offense makes before the snap. Jackson likes to rotate and shift alignment before the play to keep the defense on its toes.

• Hue Jackson likes to make big plays on offense, and trick plays are among those he uses to create them. He uses reverses, double reverses, receivers passing, and plenty more interesting trick plays.

• Along with putting his players all over the formation, Hue Jackson’s offense has a lot of exotic sets that try to confuse the defense and cause mismatches. He calls these formations to help the quarterback diagnose the defense easier and find the vulnerabilities of the defense.

One new Tiger excited to be able to play for that kind of offense is three-star wide receiver Tyson Bordeaux (6-5, 175)  from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California, who announced on social media that he had committed to GSU.

“I feel a great connection w/@huejack10 Jackson & his staff,” Bordeaux posted on Twitter to announce his decision. “They’ve consistently reached out to me, and the Gram Fam community really does feel like an extension of Long Beach Poly. It all makes me feel too comfortable.”

Bordeaux totaled 45 catches, 841 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season as a high school senior.

He told lightonsports.com that his decision came down to Grambling State and Morgan State, which are both HBCUs, and that he also had offers from Black Hills State, Adams State and Arizona Christian.
Jackson will also have former UCLA quarterback Kajiya Holllawayne head to Grambling to show his skills as a Tiger.

Coming out of high school, Hollawayne (6-4, 210) was ranked as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and ranks as the 59th best quarterback in the 2021 class, receiving offers from Kansas, Nevada, Indiana, Fresno State and several other FBS programs.

“Let’s turn up gramfam,” Hollawayne wrote Dec. 14 on Twitter.


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