Posted Mar 29, 2006 18:40:52
Bicknell Dissatisfied with Bulldog Scrimmage
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Jack Bicknell was not a happy camper following Wednesday afternoon’s 60-play intra-squad scrimmage that was held at Joe Aillet Stadium during the second half of the Bulldogs practice session.
The eighth-year Bulldog Boss talked to his team following the scrimmage about intensity and toughness.
“We are a young team with a long ways to go,” Bicknell said. “We didn’t come out here with any intensity at all today. It’s our job as coaches to find a way to get these guys focused and ready to play. We do have a lot of guys hurt, but that can’t be an excuse.”
The Bulldog offense – which Bicknell felt had the edge during the scrimmage – moved the ball numerous times during the 11 offensive series scrimmage but was never able to score.
During four of the series, Tech’s offense moved inside the 20-yard line but came up short each time. An Anthony Crosby sack on a third-down and 12 ended a scoring threat the fourth offensive series of the scrimmage after junior quarterback Joe Danna led the Bulldogs into the red zone.
Two series later, junior Zac Champion orchestrated another impressive drive, moving the offense down to the 11-yard line before a bad snap on third and three negated any scoring chances.
Redshirt freshman Michael Mosley then had his chance, moving Tech down to the 13-yard line – 40 yards coming on a screen pass to Freddie Franklin – before his third down pass was intercepted by Torrance Hampton.
Champion had one more chance to lead the offense to a score but his first down pass from the 18-yard line was intercepted by Justin Johnson, ending the hour-long affair.
Champion finished 10-of-13 for 77 yards and one interception while Danna connected on 7-of-12 passes for 49 yards. Mosley ended 6-of-11 for 78 yards and one interception.
Franklin ran six times for 67 yards while also adding 47 yards receiving on two catches. Sophomore Dustin Mitchell, who the Bulldogs coaches moved to tight end following last Saturday’s scrimmage, also impressed with five receptions for 30 yards.
“I thought he looked good,” Bicknell said. “He’s going to do nothing but get better.”
Tech will hit the practice field again Friday at 4 p.m. before participating in another intra-squad scrimmage Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the stadium.
The Bulldogs annual spring game – Bone Bowl – is set for April 8 at noon.