March 24, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's football team worked out in full pads for the first time this spring in a practice that lasted over two and a half hours at Joe Aillet Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
As the team completed its fifth out of 15 scheduled spring practices, the Bulldogs offense continued to refine its scheme as a trio of quarterbacks - Colby Cameron, Steven Ensminger and Doak Raulston - took almost an equal number of snaps as they continue to show consistent progress.
"I think our quarterbacks had one of their better days today," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "We repeated another script today so it was the second time that they had a chance to practice those plays and you could tell. The receivers and quarterbacks are starting to get on the same page although we still have a long way to go. There's a lot of work that needs to be done but I think we are headed in the right direction."
Despite getting off to a slow start Wednesday, the offense continued to learn and refine the new system that features a no-huddle, fast-paced offensive attack.
"I like the way we are working," commented Dykes. "I feel like we had another good practice today. We started a little slow early on but I thought the team period was pretty competitive. The defense made a bunch of plays and the offense responded and made some plays down the stretch. I thought it was a pretty solid workout."
The Bulldog defense, which has taken advantage of a similar system as defensive coordinator Tommy Spangler remained on staff during the coaching transition, has continued to shine during the spring workouts. Tech's defense has taken advantage of the offense learning a new system and has continued to play tough during drills.
"I think it [the defense] is a good, solid group," Dykes said. "Those guys are playing hard and I have been really happy with the play that we have had. We've had a few guys go down [with injuries] but other guys have stepped up. It has been a real pleasant surprise the way those guys have played at a high level and have done so pretty consistently."
Among the defense, the most notable performances has been by a pair of cornerbacks in Josh Victorian and Terry Carter. Victorian had a strong second half of the 2009 season and ended the year with three interceptions including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown against No. 5 Boise State.
"They have been one of the bright spots, defensively," said Dykes. "Josh Victorian and Terry Carter have both been really consistent. Those are two of the guys that have really stood out so far and I have been really happy with their play. They have both made a lot of plays and are playing with a lot of confidence right now. I expect them to be a strength of our team."
Louisiana Tech will practice on Friday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium before holding the first scrimmage of the spring practice season on Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. All practices and scrimmages are open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend.
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