Strong Day for Defense, Interceptions Highlight Wednesday's Practice
March 31, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech worked out for over two hours in helmets and shoulder pads Wednesday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium, preparing for the team's second scrimmage scheduled for the spring. Thursday's scrimmage, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. following a one-hour practice session at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The defense was the highlight late in the practice with a couple of interceptions while the receivers made progress early on.
"I thought today's practice was good," Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes said. "It was hot today and I thought we were a little bit fatigued and lost our focus late. Later in the team period, it got a little sloppy. What happens in the spring is you are not getting ready for a game and guys have a tendency to get a little sloppy in play. We have to be mentally tougher and focus better and continue to improve our technique. Overall, I thought it was a productive day and we got better."
The defense shined during the team period late in the practice with a couple interceptions, including Chad Boyd picking a pass off. Boyd and the entire secondary has made strides this spring as the team just concluded its ninth practice of the spring.
"Our defense had a couple interceptions today in the final team period,"" commented Dykes. "Chad Boyd made a nice play and did some good things early in the team period. He's a guy that has been really consistent, he's been at every practice and hasn't had any kind of injuries or missed any reps. He's just a solid player and he's one of those guys you need on any good football team, someone who is consistent and does his job and makes plays. He's not the flashiest guy in the world but he is always around the football. I really like the way he is playing right now."
Early on in practice it was the offense that was making plays with the "Z" receivers standing out.
"Our Zs, both Ahmad Paige and Tim Molten, made a lot of contest plays on the football," explained Dykes. "Eric Harper is a guy that is getting better. Lyle Fitte did a good job for us today carrying the football. Solomon Randle had a pretty good day, he was getting involved defensively and C.J. Broades hustled around and did some good things. Terry Carter had a pretty good day as well. The thing I like, especially with those corner backs, is a lot of competitive football and they are bouncing around and helping each other get better. They are working hard and getting better day by day."
The team is preparing for its second scrimmage of the spring practice season which is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The team will have a shortened practice session at 6 p.m. before entering into the scrimmage portion of the evening.
"We have a quick turnaround," Dykes said. "The key for us tomorrow is going out there and being able to execute after not a lot of rest. We'll practice for about an hour tomorrow, just have a regular practice, then make the team period live and go about 60 plays. It will be important for us to tackle and continue to improve our tackling on the defense. I think those guys will be pretty solid but we have to grind through tomorrow, get some plays in and see how they react to a little adversity."
Fans are encouraged to come out to all practices and scrimmages and are asked to enter Joe Aillet Stadium through the west side gates.
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