April 9, 2010
RUSTON, La. - The offense started to click and connected on some big plays as Louisiana Tech worked out in helmets in a shortened practice Friday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium. The practice was shortened as the team made final preparations for the annual T-Day Spring Game set for Saturday at noon.
The team's shortened, light practice was set to rest the team's legs in anticipation for Satuday's T-Day Spring Game which is set for a noon start. Admission is free for the game at Joe Aillet Stadium with the Kids Zone opening at 10:30 a.m. on the hill beyond the south end zone in the stadium.
While the workout was lighter, the team had one of its most focused, crisp days Friday.
"We had a light practice to try and rest up for the spring game tomorrow," said Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "I actually felt like we got a lot of good work done today. I thought it was one of the more crisp practices that we've had in a while, offensively. Some things are starting to click for those guys and it looks like they are starting to click more and more every day. The quarterbacks are a little more comfortable and the quarterbacks and receivers are getting on the same page, which is encouraging."
The Tech defense continued to play at a high level during Friday's practice.
"Defensively, we continued to run around well," continued Dykes. "I like the attitude and speed those guys are playing with. I think the strength of our defense this year is going to be our ability to run and be able to create some plays. Those guys continued to improve in that area today."
"Tim Molton had a good day, he did some good thing," Dykes said. "Ross Jenkins had one of his better days of work today. Both of those guys were making some plays and getting on the same page, which is encouraging. That's when everything starts to come together when the quarterback knows where the receivers are going to be and the receivers know where the quarterback is going to throw the ball. I feel like we're making progress toward that. We have so many young receivers that haven't played much that every day is important to them just because of it being an opportunity to get better. It is also more and more of a chance for them and the quarterbacks to get on the same page."
With 13 of the spring's 15 practices under its belt, the coaches and the team turns its attention to the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday.
"The big thing in the spring game is guys competing against each other," explained Dykes. "We're a technique, fundamental football team and what you want to see is guys that can take what we've taught them and be able to apply them in as close to a game-like situation that we can have during the spring. Young players have a tendency sometimes to get to scrimmage or game situations and play a little street ball, in other words, abandon the technique and fundamentals and not be as strong on their assignments. I want to see us come out tomorrow with a focus and a belief in what we're trying to establish with our scheme."
"It will be a lot of plays tomorrow, guys will have to play a lot but I am curious to see how they respond when they get tired and how they deal with some adversity."
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