New Looks Gives Defense Edge in Wednesday's Practice
April 4, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Tommy Spangler's GATA defense unveiled a couple new looks and used that to hold an advantage over the offense as Louisiana Tech practiced for approximately two hours Wednesday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Wednesday's practice was in shells (helmets and shoulder pads only) for the Bulldogs as the team prepared for a quick turnaround and a scrimmage. The team will have a short practice followed by a scrimmage Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
"Defensively we came out really well and competed hard," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "We showed some new looks that looked good. It gave the offense a different look that they didn't handle well. Once the offense got settled in they got better. I thought the defense played extremely well during the team period."
The offense was able to rebound some late in the practice with the highlight being improved timing between the quarterbacks and the receivers.
"I think the quarterbacks are getting on the same page as the receivers," Dykes agreed. "We are getting more polished, better timing and the ball is getting out faster and get more catch-and-run opportunities. That is what makes this offense go. All the small details are starting to happen."
As has been the story all spring long, the team continues to build depth with some key starters sitting out due to past injuries or surgeries.
"It has been good," Dykes said of building depth. "We have young guys are some pretty key positions. Brice Abraham is starting at the corner spot. He has to come on and improve. We have some young linebackers that we need to play well. All those guys are improving. Andre Wiggins is starting to do more and more good things. You are starting to see his athleticism and that is showing more. Anytime those guys have time to work more and figure out how to practice, it gives them an opportunity to work more and show what they can do."
Thursday's scrimmage, which will start approximately 45 minutes into the day's 6 p.m. practice, will likely feature several situational aspects of the game including goal line, short yardage and two minute drill situations. All of those situations were key factors in last season's 8-5 mark with seven of the team's 13 games being decided by one possession.
The session on Thursday will be the team's 12th practice out of 15 this spring followed by a long break for Easter weekend. The team returns to the gridiron Monday evening.
The T-Day Spring Game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 with admission free to the public. The team will hold an autograph session for fans after the T-Day Spring Game and several promotional items will be available for free, including 2012 schedule cards and a limited number of 2012 schedule posters.
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