March 28, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Not one to stand around when he can't play, defensive back Chad Boyd has been spending the spring practice times helping coach up the secondary. As Louisiana Tech completed its eighth practice of the spring Wednesday, Boyd offered his assessment on Tech's eighth spring practice.
Note: The report below is straight from Louisiana Tech DB Chad Boyd. Quotes have not been changed to protect the innocent.
Louisiana Tech had a competitive practice today and at certain points both sides of the ball were getting after each other. Wednesday's practice session started with the defense more in control but the offense picked it up as the practice went on and ended the session with the better day overall than the defense.
On offense, Quinton Patton had a good day today with some nice touchdown catches, as did Myles White and Jacarri Jacckson. They all had productive days. On defense, Dave Clark made some good plays and Jamel Johnson had some good on-the-line and behind-the-line tackles.
Overall, the defense struggled with mental execution errors Wednesday. Blown coverages, guys not reading the proper read from the offense and what the receivers were giving and then going to the wrong spots when they needed to be somewhere else gave away big plays. In all, it was a handful of small detail errors that wound up making a big difference. They are easy fixes but the "D" has to focus a little more to correct them.
To prevent a comeback like the offense had today, you have to come out ready and prepared for practice like it is a game. You have to come out like that every day. In a game, if you don't stay focused throughout then that one slip up could be the difference in a win or a loss.
To a degree, today's practice was like our game against Houston last fall [Note: Houston rallied from a 34-7 deficit over the final 20 minutes to win 35-34]. The difference in today's practice and the Houston game was the defense still made a couple plays towards the end. They had some pretty good red zone stops that were crucial. During that Houston game, we didn't have the fire that we needed and they wanted it more. Now, the team completely has that fire and desire to win and the confidence to know we can win. When push comes to shove, we as a team are ready to fight back.
I don't know if you can teach that fire, you just have to want it for yourself and want it for your team. In order to be successful - not just in football but in life - you have to have that fire and desire to be great. You have to let it develop in trials and errors you have in life. You are never going to be 100 percent correct but in football, if you have that passion and desire, you will have the strive for perfection and will have the chance to be great.
In the next practice, the defense will have to be mentally and physically prepared for a challenge. That happens every day. They will have to step their game up and be ready to stop the offense and know that they are all capable of doing extraordinary things. They will have to be mentally prepared to beat whoever the opponent is the next time, whether that is the offense in a scrimmage or another team in a live game.
Looking at our weakness, we have to be able to learn to deal with success. For the first time in a long time, we have had success as a team. With that and Tech returning so many starters, we have to realize that we are no longer the underdogs and that everyone will be coming for us instead of just preparing for us. Each day, we have to go out like the underdog and work harder than our opponent. As long as we do that, we should be righ ton track to have another great season or even a better one than we had last fall.
Chad Boyd is sitting out this spring camp due to an injury but is on track to return to live action this fall. He is a rising senior for the Bulldogs.
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