Louisiana Tech Returns to Practice Fields with Same Intensity as Scrimmage
March 26, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Letdowns usually happen after scrimmages or games, especially for teams that have already reach the top and won championships. However, it was the opposite that happened Monday afternoon as Louisiana Tech practiced for two hours in full pads on the practice fields as temperatures reached into the mid-80s.
With warmer-than-usual temperatures and an uncommon heat wave, the team was physically tested to stay mentally focused in the early spring heat. That heat was just a fraction of the heat will endure during fall camp in August.
"It was really hot today and I think that is a good thing," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "It is good for our players to come out and work through it. Obviously we are going to have heat in North Louisiana so it is one of those things that is good for us to get out here and get accustomed to it. It makes us mentally tougher as we learn to grind through it."
Despite the heat and a long scrimmage Saturday, the team recovered quickly and were back hitting with a high level of intensity that most teams only display in games.
"Today was good because it was competitive," Dykes said. "A lot of times you have a little bit of a letdown coming off a scrimmage but we came out hitting today. It was a really physical practice. The guys were getting after it, competing and that was good to see."
Nick Isham, practicing with the second team offense, continued to show improvement as he has done most of spring ball.
"Offensively, Nick Isham had a better day today than he did in the scrimmage. He did some good things and I think he is getting better. I didn't think he played great in the scrimmage but he came out playing well today. He was a little more focused and made some quicker decisions."
In addition to Isham's improvement, the offensive line is beginning to show signs of depth; the kind of depth that Dykes hasn't seen in his short tenure at Louisiana Tech.
"I have been really pleased with the way we have played with our offensive line play as well," commented Dykes. "We have some depth for the first time at spots and we have some guys competing for starting jobs. IT is good to see the second team offensive line go in there and not miss a beat and in some cases out-perform the first team offensive line."
The Bulldogs have hit the midway point through spring ball with seven of the 15 practice sessions completed. Practice eight is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at 4 p.m. All spring practices and spring scrimmages are open to the public. Stay tuned to LATechSports.com for any updates regarding practice times and locations.
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