Third year for the ESPY-like event
Coach Holtz previews this Saturday's Rivalry in Dixie game vs. Southern Miss at 11 a.m. in Ruston
Friday's 7 p.m. kickoff at Rice will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 (FS1)
Coach Holtz previews Southern game
By: Patrick T. Walsh
Photos from the Fan Autograph and Meet-and-Greet Session in Ruston.
Former Tech deep snapper Thomas Graham was named a defensive graduate assistant coach in March 2011.
During his first year on staff Graham assisted the defensive coaches, specifically helping with Spangler's safeties. Tech's opportunistic defense was third in interceptions and in pick-sixes during the 2011 campaign and was the program's best scoring defense in two decades as the Bulldogs rattled off seven consecutive wins to claim its first Western Athletic Conference championship in a decade.
A four-year letterwinner at Louisiana Tech, Graham followed in his older brother Matt's footsteps during his four years where he started every game of his career as the Bulldogs' deep snapper, setting a new LA Tech career record for games played and started with 50.
After red-shirting in 2005 while his brother Matt finished his four-year career as the Tech deep snapper, Graham started all 50 games over the last four years, including the 2008 Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois.
In addition to the bowl victory, a couple of Graham's career highlights included recovering a fumble against Top 25 Boise State as a freshman and earning the LA Tech special teams player of the week award against Kansas as a junior.
Graham played three years for coaches Tommy Reeder and Billy Laird at Ruston High School where he earned all-state honorable mention honors his final two seasons.
His younger brother, Gantt, works as a student equipment manager.
2009: Deep snapper for the Bulldogs that played in every game all four years... Recorded one assisted tackle at Nevada (10/9)... Notched a solo stop at Utah State (10/24)... Recorded a solo and assisted tackle at Idaho (10/31).
2008: Played all 13 games as deep snapper... Named LA Tech Special Teams POW (Kansas game).
2007: Played all 12 games as deep snapper.
2006: Saw action in all 13 games at the deep snapper position ... Registered a fumble recovery against Top 25 Boise State.
2005: Redshirted the 2005 season.
High School: Played for three years for Coach Tommy Reeder and Billy Laird at Ruston High School ... Played defensive line for the Bearcats ... Named all-state honorable mention as a junior and senior ... Named first team all-district two times ... Named first team all-area by the Shreveport Times ... Named first team All-Lincoln Parish by the Ruston Daily Leader ... Named Academic honorable mention as a senior ... Played in the Louisiana All-Star game
Getting Acquainted: Full name is William Thomas Graham ... Son of Randy and Sally Graham ...Has two brothers, Matt and Gantt, and one sister, Lindsey ... His brother Matt lettered the past four years as the starting deep snapper for the Bulldogs ... His father played football at Missouri ... His grandfather Bill Graham played football at Florida State ... Born July 24, 1986, in Monroe, La.
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