Wide Receivers, Linebackers Show Progress in Spring Practice Monday



March 29, 2010

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's football team worked out for over two hours at Joe Aillet Stadium Monday afternoon in helmets and shoulder pads.

Head coach Sonny Dykes was impressed with the performance of the wide receivers and the linebackers following Monday's session as those two groups continue to make strides during spring practice.

Dykes also announced a time change for this week as Thursday's scrimmage will now begin around 7 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. and will follow a shortened practice session. The scrimmage and all practices will still be held at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Steven Ensminger continued to lead the quarterback race with Ross Jenkins making progress in his first day back in over a week following the death of his father.

"I thought we had a good, competitive day," Dykes said. "It was good to have Ross Jenkins back at practice today; I thought he practiced well for someone who has missed five or six practices. It was encouraging to get him out here and it was good to get him around his teammates. I thought he really practiced well today."

"I thought both quarterbacks had a good day, both Ross Jenkins and Steven Ensminger did some good things and got the majority of the reps today," continued Dykes. "It is going to be a good competition between all of these guys and those two specifically have been more consistent right now but we're going to keep competing for spots. I like that we're starting to develop a little bit of depth at the skill positions. It is a competition and that is what makes you better."

Along with the quarterbacks, the offensive line is starting to develop cohesion as a unit. The coaching staff made some slight adjustments Monday, moving Rob McGill back to left tackle, the same position where he started the 2009 season.

"Rob McGill has been the guy who has been the steadiest for us," said Dykes. "We moved him over to left tackle today, making a position change. We felt like he would be a little bit better on the left side and he adjusted real well. He had some experience playing there last year and I thought he did a lot of good things [today]."

Louisiana Tech returns to practice on Wednesday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium. Thursday's session will begin with a shortened practice routine at 6 p.m. and the second scrimmage of the spring scheduled to begin around 7-7:15 p.m.

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