Offense and Defense Trade Blows in Friday's Spring Practice
March 26, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's football team worked out for under two hours Friday afternoon in helmets and shoulder pads and the team had a shortened workout in preparation for its first spring scrimmage set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The team continued it's usually practice script but cut back the number of periods and the time of each period in order to be fully ready for Saturday's scrimmage.
"Today was actually one of our cleaner days," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "Less false starts, less turnovers, a little bit better execution particularly on the offensive side of the ball and that got us rolling. What I like is that the defense played extremely well at the end of practice. It was a day where we traded blows but we got a lot better today. We cut practice back a little bit, trying to freshen up for our scrimmage tomorrow. I like where we are right now and I am excited to see how we perform tomorrow when we go live."
When the team goes live in its first scrimmage Saturday morning, it will be the first time to see the team in game situations with the new offensive game plan installed by Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. Dykes has no set expectations for the scrimmage but is interested in seeing how the team responds to adversity and other scenarios.
"We have to make sure we take care of the football and put it all together, playing smart and being disciplined," Dykes said. "We'll see how we respond to live situations, how we handle adversity and things like that. We'll know a lot more about who we are tomorrow."
"The most important thing to accomplish is to make sure you make some first downs," continued Dykes. "That's the thing that is really critical, making sure you move the football and move the chains. Once you do that, you can start stacking up a bunch of plays as the defense wears down a little bit and the offense builds momentum. That's when you're able to score some points and are really able to get into your rhythm. We'll see if we can get to that point tomorrow. Hopefully both sides of the ball will step up. We'll go 1s on 1s and 2s on 2s throughout the day. It'll be interesting to see what happens."
In Friday's practice, the offense continued to improve in its workout while the defense came on late in the practice during the team period.
"I thought Steven Ensminger had a good practice," Dykes said, reflecting on the day's work. "I felt like it was one of his better practices thus far. He is throwing the ball well. I thought our receivers as a whole had a good day. Those guys are improving. Ahmad Paige made some nice plays today; Richie Casey made a couple of big plays today and looked a little fresher. The offensive line did a good job. Toward the end of the team period, I was really happy with the way the defense responded, getting a good pass rush there at the end. Randy Grigsby made a couple of plays and got in there."
The scrimmage on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium and is open to the public.
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