March 27, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Steven Ensminger was 17-for-25 and threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns while Roosevelt Falls recorded 105 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns as Louisiana Tech held its first spring scrimmage Saturday morning at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Ensminger stood out among the three quarterbacks available, directing the offense up and down the field and connecting on a couple of deep balls, including a 60-yard touchdown pass to D.J. St. Julien and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Paige. Colby Cameron was 10-for-18 for 53 yards with one interception while Doak Raulston was 0-for-8 passing.
"Steven Ensminger did well today and I thought he did a lot of good things," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "He got the ball down the field and we had some receivers that made some plays. D.J. St. Julien made a couple of nice plays on some deep balls."
St. Julien led the receivers with two catches for 94 yards and a touchdown while Ahmad Paige caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Eric Harper notched 27 receiving yards on four catches and Chandler Spence had four catches for 24 yards and a fumble.
Roosevelt Falls stood out among the running backs, carrying the ball eight times for 105 yards and touchdown runs of 17 yards and 51 yards in the scrimmage. Lennon Creer also proved to be a force on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for 31 yards.
"[Roosevelt Falls]stood out a little bit today," said Dykes. "He made some nice runs and is a big, physical guy that is hard to tackle. In these early scrimmages we haven't done a lot of live tackling - we actually haven't done any - so the big backs are always more difficult to tackle early on. He did a good job of making some plays and running through some tackles."
The defense also made some good plays with Tank Calais leading with way with 10 tackles and a 52-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
"I thought Tank Calais was excellent," commented Dykes. "Every time you looked up, he was all over the field, in on a lot of plays and created some turnovers."
Solomon Randle recorded eight tackles while Dusty Rust was credited with four tackles, including a sack. Adrien Cole added seven tackles while C.J. Broades grabbed the only interception of the day, picking off a pass by Colby Cameron. Saturday's scrimmage was the first time the Bulldogs have tested the new offense in a game-like situation. The new fast-paced, no huddle offense continued to improve but still has a lot of work left to do, including adjusting to a much faster-paced game.
"It is a process and I don't know that we are fully adjusted yet," Dykes said. "It takes time and we're not playing at the tempo that we need to be playing at by any stretch of the imagination. We're getting closer to getting there. These guys think they are playing fast right now but they will get faster and understand better and eventually it will become second nature to play fast after a while."
Dykes and the Bulldog staff had players rotating in all positions throughout the game as the team has an open depth chart this spring.
"I agree [players are responding to the open depth chart]," Dykes commented. "Steven Ensminger was a tight end on the depth chart when we got here and now he certainly was the best quarterback in today's scrimmage. Whenever there is a change, it is like anything else - it is probably good for some guys and not as good for some others. We just have to keep working but it's not about one scrimmage. It is all about putting it together week after week, day after day and practice after practice, being consistent day-in and day-out on both sides of the ball. You are only as good as your last play."
Louisiana Tech returns to the gridiron on Monday, March 29 for the eighth practice of the spring schedule, set for 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium. All fans are encouraged to attend practice and support the team and can enter the stadium from the gates on the west side.
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