April 1, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Big game-changing plays highlighted the action from Joe Aillet Stadium Thursday evening as Louisiana Tech held its second scrimmage of the spring. Two interceptions, including Olajuwon Paige's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown topped the charts for the defense while Jacarri Jackson's 29-yard touchdown reception highlighted the offense.
Ross Jenkins was 10-for-12 for 81 yards and one interception while Steven Ensminger was 9-for-14 for 91 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Ensminger's touchdown pass was a 29-yard connection to Jacarri Jackson in the back left corner of the end zone.
The defense grabbed two interceptions and recovered three fumbles Thursday evening as Paige returned an interception from Steven Ensminger for 45 yards and a touchdown. Terry Carter picked a pass off from Ross Jenkins and Tym Toussaint recovered two fumbles, one forced by Chad Boyd and one by Kendrick James. Dusty Rust recovered the third fumble for the defense.
"I thought tonight the competition was good but sloppy at times," said Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "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," Dykes continued. "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."
Jenkins led the offense down the field for a touchdown drive that was capped off by a three-yard run by Lennon Creer while Ensminger took to the air to cap off his touchdown drive. Colby Cameron, who was 1-for-3 for 46 yards and an interception, ran the ball into the end zone from 15 yards out on a drive that saw him connect with Jackson for a 46-yard pass.
Creer led the ground game with 10 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown while Lyle Fitte recorded 42 yards on six carries. Fitte used spurts of speed to average seven yards per carry after being moved to running back this spring.
"He's a great change-up," Dykes said, referring to Fitte. "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."
"I've been tickled to death with him this spring," added offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. "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."
Special teams also reached the end zone Thursday evening as Ahmad Paige ran a kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. Chad Boyd was utilized in the return game, running a kick back for 47 yards while Lyle Fitte averaged 40 yards on two kickoff returns.
Matt Nelson and John Hinton alternated kickoffs with Nelson putting all four kicks into the end zone to average 70 yards while Hinton averaged 67 yards in his four kickoffs. Nelson converted both PAT attempts attempted while Hinton converted the single PAT attempt.
Louisiana Tech returns to practice on Tuesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium. All spring practices are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out to watch.
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