Quotes from Spring Scrimmage #2

April 1, 2010

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes

"I thought tonight the competition was good but sloppy at times. The offense turned the ball over a few times but the good thing about that is the defense played aggressive and did a good job of stripping the football. Those guys were really active tonight and I thought they bounced around and made some good plays."

"Offensively, we need to do a better job of protecting the football and being conscious of the details and some decision making. Other than that, I thought it was a pretty solid day. I like what I’m seeing – we’re making some explosive plays offensively but we need to be more consistent and string a bunch of plays together."

On Lyle Fitte at running back:
"He’s a great change-up. What I like having him, Lennon Creer and Roosevelt Falls at running back is they are all different. Roosevelt is a bigger guy, Lennon has a combination of size and speed and Fitte is a quick guy. I like having different kinds of guys at the same position because they’ll give you a different look and they have different strengths.

On skill positions:
"This is a good group. They are young. From a talent standpoint, there’s not much difference between these guys and some of the players I had at Texas Tech and Arizona. It is just a matter of improving, becoming more consistent, becoming more accountable and we will see if they will get there. We aren’t there by any stretch of the imagination but the talent is there and these guys have a long way to go to be as consistent, tough and competitive as the Big 12 or Pac-10 level."

"Olajuwon Paige made a really nice play at corner; he broke up the ball well. There are a lot of guys that are standing out this spring."



Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator Tony Franklin

On quarterback battle:
Right now it is Steven Ensminger and Ross Jenkins battling for it with Colby Cameron a close third. They have all competed well, worked hard and studied hard and they have to do better. But right now the two older guys have a little bit of an edge. And Doak Raulston is a little bit behind those guys, which is normal for a freshman.

On each quarterbacks strengths:
The big thing that Ross [Jenkins] has is the experience. He has more games behind him so he has a little bit more of the tangibles. Steven [Ensminger] probably has the strongest arm and more natural ability to throw the football and Colby [Cameron] is a great competitor and a great studier and learner and he competes every day. It’s a good problem to have.

On Lyle Fitte:
I’ve been tickled to death with him this spring. He was a guy that, when I first got here, I saw him run some routes and catch the ball. I looked at his stuff and I saw that was a running back that was a natural for this offense, especially since he is great in space. I saw that he would be better served for us coming out of the backfield than running routes and the good thing is in this offense he’ll be doing both.

On moving Cruz Williams to inside receiver:
"The reason we moved him is that there are always guys that are better at one than the other and you don’t really know until you try them at both. There are some things that he wasn’t good at outside that he is really good at inside. He’s more of a natural inside guy and has a really good feel for running inside. I think he is going to be a much better inside guy than outside guy but if someone were to get hurt, he could go back outside and it not affect us at all."

"The inside guys have to work with big guys because they have to go across the middle with linebackers and safeties. Whereas the outside guys normally have to be better against a fast press guy. There’s a little bit of a distinction between that but usually after one or two practices I can tell whether they should be inside or outside."

On speed at outside receiver:
"I’m really happy with the whole group at receiver and the fact that we’ve got talent at all the receiver positions. They are just young and haven’t played. Just a lot of pups and a lot of red jerseys that aren’t getting any of these live reps but I’m really pleased with all of the talent."

On implementing offense:
"Our offense definitely looked like crap for three days then it looked like not as bad of crap at practices four, five and six. In the last three practices, it’s gotten better and they are further along than I thought. They interceptions were bad but they were my fault. We saw a coverage that we hadn’t seen yet and they struggled with it. That was my fault, I didn’t have them prepared tonight but I’m not worried about that."


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