Posted Apr 6, 2004 16:48:22
Bicknell Finds Answers to Some Questions
RUSTON - After having a couple of days to watch the film from Saturdays intrasquad scrimmage, Louisiana Tech head coach Jack Bicknell said he felt pretty good about what he saw from his team.
"I really feel like (after watching the film) I had some questions answered," Bicknell said. "Initially, I was worried that the offense had just jammed the football down the defenses throat, but that wasn't the case. We played physical and we had some guys flying around the field."
Bicknell singled out the play of linebackers Jeremy Hamilton and Byron Santiago as well as defensive nose tackle Chris Van Hoy. During the over 100-play scrimmage in which the Tech offense scored four touchdowns on 22 possessions, Hamilton totaled six tackles, including two sacks, Santiago recorded five solo tackles and Van Hoy added four tackles and one sack.
In all the Tech defense registered seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss despite giving up 290 yards rushing on 66 carries by the stable of Bulldog running backs.
Bicknell also said he was happy with what he saw from the three quarterbacks who are competing this spring for the starting position.
"Obviously, one of my big concerns is who will be our starting quarterback," Bicknell said. "I thought all three guys did well. They are all three getting better and better and are making really good decisions."
Juniors Matt Kubik and Donald Allen and redshirt freshman Zac Champion completed 33 of 50 passes for 369 yards while throwing only one interception during the morning.
Bicknell said the Bulldog would work out Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium with the second half of the practice being an intra-squad scrimmage. Tech will then be off for Easter until they resume workouts Monday.