Defense Excels in Second Spring Practice
March 19, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech practiced for over two hours at Joe Aillet Stadium Friday afternoon, the second practice of the 2010 spring season. The team worked out in helmets for the second consecutive practice.
Friday's practice ran similar to Wednesday's session with the offense learning one-third of the new package with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and the defense continuing to work hard under the direction of defensive coordinator Tommy Spangler.
"We had a pretty good day today but not quite as sharp as we were on Wednesday," said Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "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."
Dykes is in his first spring practice at the helm of the Bulldogs and the defense has made him take notice of the athletes it puts on the field.
"I think the good thing is that there is a lot of carryover from last season," said Dykes. "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."
Specifically on the defensive side of the ball, Tech's secondary stood out the most, challenging an athletic and talented crop of receivers that were trying to learn a new system.
"I thought the secondary played really well today," continued Dykes. "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."
Notably absent from the field was quarterback Ross Jenkins, who returned home to Houston Friday after learning his father passed away Thursday night.
"Everyone in our program's thoughts are with Ross and his family right now," Dykes said. "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."
Louisiana Tech continues its spring session less than 24 hours after the most recent one ended with the team practicing at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday at 10 a.m. The practice session is open to the public and fans can enter the seating bowl area through the West Side gates.
"We need to have a better day and be able to sustain it more," Dykes commented. "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."
In a couple of roster moves, Andre Taylor has moved to defensive end, Drexel Perkins has moved from running back to defensive back, Lyle Fitte has transitioned from receiver to running back and Bobby Gorman has moved from running back to linebacker. Walk-ons Scotty Dickson and Ryne Ford have left the team.
Fans are encouraged to come out to Saturday's practice at Joe Aillet Stadium, beginning at 10 a.m. with a full slate of Tech athletic events scheduled for the day. In addition to spring practice, LA Tech track and field hosts the Jim Mize Invitational with throwing events starting at 11 a.m. and running events scheduled for 1 p.m. while Tech baseball hosts Southern Miss in the second game of a three-game series at 3 p.m.
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