Tigers begin spring ball in Hue Jackson-era

Courtesy of GSU Athletic Communications


Football is officially back at Grambling State.

The Tigers began their annual slate of spring practices Friday at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. 

New head coach Hue Jackson said it was good to get on the field and begin preparation for the 2022 fall season.

Jackson, who was hired as the program’s 14th head coach in December, was excited for the team to get back on the field. 

“It was a first day,” Jackson said. “That’s what we anticipated. Everybody is excited about the first day as if we can have a better second day. I think when you have a new program, new coaches, everybody gets excited about the first day. There was some really good things offense, defense and special teams. But that doesn’t matter. Can we do it on Day 2; can we get better in Day 2 and I think that’s the most important thing.” 

Grambling State returns the bulk of the offense, defense and special teams off the 2021 roster and has approximately 80 players in spring practice.  

The Tigers begin its path to the 2022 season with 15 practices this spring, culminating with the annual spring game on Saturday, April 2. The spring game will also be held on the same day that the Tigers will hosting a ton of recruits for junior day. 

Jackson will be installing a new offensive and defensive system. 

Grambling State went 4-7 overall in 2021, 3-5 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). GSU returns the bulk of the offense, defense and special teams. Approximately, 80 players will be available to compete in the spring. The Tigers recently completed a 2022 signing class of 37 student-athletes, including 16 that will be in uniform this spring. 

All practices are closed to the public and the first time fans will have the opportunity to see Jackson and the new-look Tigers will be during the annual Black and Gold Spring Game on April 2. 

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