Coordinator Cliff Yoshida (right) and interior coach Ezil Bibbs evaluate defensive drills during recent spring workouts at Grambling State University. The Tigers’ defensive unit returns six starters from a 2010 squad that won nine games and finished as runner-up in the Western Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
GRAMBLING — Defense ahead of the offense.
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Andrew Whitworth is an on-the-field leader for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.
The same goes for his work off of the field.
Whitworth, a former star at West Monroe High and LSU who is married to former Miss Louisiana Melissa Clark of Ruston, has giving back to youth and charitable groups in the area via his highly successful “Big Whit 77 Foundation,” which hosts an annual celebrity event at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club of Choudrant.
For the thirty-third year, Ruston will be hosting one of north Louisiana’s most popular outdoors events, the Sportsman’s Jamboree.
Spawned back in 1980, the initial meeting was held at the Ruston Civic Center with a gathering of a few dozen hunters and property owners who met to discuss topics related to hunter safety but the main focus was on letting property owners know how valuable they are to hunters for making their acreage available for hunters to use, mostly free of charge; that was before the advent of hunting leases in north Louisiana.