Bulldogs Begin Spring Practice with Two Hour Session Friday Afternoon



March 16, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's football team returned to the gridiron Friday afternoon, holding the first of 15 practice sessions at Joe Aillet Stadium as Tech begins its defense of the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

The team practiced for a little over two hours in the stadium, the longest practice session since last fall camp. Normal fall practices during the season and in preparation for the Poinsettia Bowl did not last over two hours. Friday's session, albeit longer, was in the same format as normal.

The first of 15 sessions this spring, the team worked out in helmets and shorts.  

"I thought it was a pretty good first day," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "We have to improve a lot of things, obviously, but our guys came out and competed pretty well. We came out and played fast and you could tell there is a lot of carryover from last fall so that was good."

Most of the questions on replacing graduating seniors are on the defense, replacing players like Matt Broha, Jay Dudley, Terry Carter and last year's WAC Defensive Player of the Year, Adrien Cole.

"We lost some good players last year that were big for our program," Dykes said. "I feel pretty good about the linebackers; we just have to get pretty consistent at that spot. I thought Bryson Abraham did some good things today. He is just a young guy, he is going to have to be more consistent but I liked what I saw out of him. But we have a lot of guys competing for [Matt] Broha's spot and we will see how that plays out."

"The good thing is we have a lot of guys back," continued Dykes. "We lost some players but we also have a lot of guys back. We have some younger players but they are ready to step up and contribute. The competition is pretty fierce for some of those spots but I think that is good. It makes guys better when they have to compete for spots. I feel pretty good about our replacements but it is not easy replacing the kind of guys we lost.

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