Tech Football Continues Situational Work
April 1, 2009
RUSTON--The Louisiana Tech football team continued to work on different situations on practice nine of spring ball with an emphasis on the offense having to get first downs while working out of their own end-zone.
"Today we installed the situation where the offense is backed up and they're coming out of their own end-zone," head coach Derek Dooley said. "It's a critical situation for us because its important that the offense get at least one or two first downs to change the field position because if we go three and out there's a real high percentage we are going to give up easy points to the other team."
There were a number of times throughout the 2008 season where the Bulldog offense was backed up and needed first downs or the Bulldog defense had their opponent backed up and need a stop, a prime example being the Mississippi State game.
"Against Mississippi State we had them backed up right before the half and the defense went out there, held them to a three and out and we scored a touchdown and turned the game around," said Dooley. "What you can't do is have turnovers because then you give up points so that was the emphasis today. Tomorrow will be more of a scripted move the field type practice, a lot of situational drills to help get ready for our scrimmage on Saturday."
In addition to the lessons learned during practice, the Bulldogs also learned a couple of lessons after practice as they were paid a visit by former Bulldog Doug Evans.
Evans played linebacker while at Louisiana Tech and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers as a cornerback. The former Haynesville High standout played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Packers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, winning a Super Bowl while with the Packers.
The NFL veteran talked to the current Bulldogs about hard work and effort and how there is absolutely no replacement for it. He also spoke about the brotherhood the team has and how important it is to be a team and how these things will contribute to wins.
Tech returns to practice Thursday as the Bulldogs continue preparations for the T-Day Spring Game April 11 at 1 p.m.
Season tickets for the 2009 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by logging onto www.latechsports.com or calling 318-257-3631.
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