March 19, 2010
RUSTON, La. -
Quotes from Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes following spring practice No. 2:
"We had a pretty good day today but not quite as sharp as we were on Wednesday. Offensively, we didn't sustain our concentration. We were a little bit inconsistent at times and we had a lot of mistakes. I thought the defense was very sharp, I thought they finished plays, I thought it was a great day defensively. Those guys are playing with a lot of confidence right now; they are flying around and really playing at a high level right now. It was a good day overall."
On defensive expectations from a team in a conference known for its offense:
"I think the good thing is that there is a lot of carryover from last season. I think Coach Spangler has done a good job developing a system and implementing it. I think our players are starting to be more and more comfortable in it. I think our players are really starting to play at a high level, cutting it loose and playing fast. That is really encouraging."
On having to sit back as a head coach and watch:
"It has been challenging. The good thing is I get to sit back and really look at the big picture. I think that is one of the most important things a head coach can do is really try to see the big picture and try to see how all the pieces fit together."
"I thought the secondary played really well today. Both corners (Terry Carter and Josh Victorian) had a big day today. Terry Carter, especially, is really getting comfortable and has started to make a move and is really playing well. I thought they ran around and made a lot of plays on the football."
Expectations for Practice No. 3:
On Ross Jenkins's father passing away:
"We need to have a better day and be able to sustain it more. We're still learning to practice at a fast pace. Communication and all the things you have to do with that - you have to be able to think when you get tired, concentrate and sustain things. I think that is a work in progress. What I like about tomorrow is that we don't have a lot of time between practices so we are going to have to bounce back and do a really good job of working and grinding through it tomorrow."
"Everyone in our program's thoughts are with Ross and his family right now. I know it is very difficult for him but I know his teammates and the coaches are certainly here for Ross and his family. It is really sad about what happened."