April 9, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The long holiday weekend had no hangover effect on Louisiana Tech's football team Monday night as the Bulldogs returned to spring practice at Joe Aillet Stadium with the same intensity as the last few weeks.
The team practiced for approximately two hours in the 13th of 15 sessions this spring. The final full practice is set for Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. with the T-Day Spring Game scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
"I thought it was good and was pleasantly surprised honestly," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "We had a long weekend off and came out focused and pretty sharp. We started out slow but the intensity really picked up. We got a lot of work done today and was really encouraged by today's practice."
The offense continued to gel and, similar to the rest of the spring practices, few turnovers were to be had on interceptions as the quarterbacks and receivers continued to improve in their command of the offense.
"I think it is more of the guys getting on the same page," Dykes said. "Most interceptions are either because of poor judgment by the quarterback or miscommunication between the quarterback and receivers. As the guys run routes a million times and get comfortable there is more understanding between the quarterback and receiver. I think interceptions are typically more of an offensive thing. You also want to see guys playing aggressively on defense. Dave Clark has done that all spring at the corner spot and has gotten some interceptions as a result. I think interceptions are typically because of mistakes offensively than good plays by the defense."
Receivers Scott Cathcart, D.J. Banks, Quinton Patton and Myles White continued to show improvement while Jacarri Jackson also challenged for big plays. Cathcart has had the most impressive improvement over the last few practices.
As Cathcart - and other members of the offense - continue to better understand the offense, the team will be able to speed up its application of the game on the field.
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