T-Day Spring Game Kicks Off Saturday

April 10, 2009

RUSTON--The Louisiana Tech football team will host their annual T-Day Spring Football Game Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston as the Louisiana Tech White Team will take on the Louisiana Tech Red Team.

This will be the third T-Day Spring Game of the Derek Dooley era and each one of these spring games so far has been a real nail biter with this year's game looking to give Tech fans more of the same as the players will again be battling for not only bragging rights, but a steak dinner. The winning team will be wined and dined with a steak dinner while the losing team will have to settle for hot dogs.

The first spring game of the Dooley era in 2007 saw the White Team come out on top, squeaking out a 28-27 victory over the Blue Team. The next year turned out to be another close one in a defensive battle as the White Team came out victorious yet again with a 14-13 win over the Blue Team. Although this year there will be no Blue Team, only a Red and a White, one thing remains consistent with the previous two years. Ross Jenkins will be under center for the White Team for the third year in a row and looking to go 3-0 in Spring Games for his Tech career.

"I feel really good about our team," said Thomas Graham, who served as the official spokesman during the draft for the White Team. "We drafted a lot of guys off the starting defense, and we got Ross at quarterback who is 2-0 in these games so far."

Not only is the White Team confident about their starting quarterback who has the best winning percentage of the quarterbacks, but they are also pleased with how their team looks up front.

"I think we did pretty well in the draft," Tech senior defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith said. "We got pretty much the entire D-Line on our team, and I think three out of the five starting offensive lineman and that s where it starts, in the trenches."

 

 

To counter the White Team's experience at quarterback the Red Team will have first team All-WAC running back Daniel Porter on their side. Porter rushed for 1,164 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008.

"All I got to say is I wish the other team luck because it's going to be hard to try and tackle me," said Porter. ""I'm going to be running hard, full speed, and right at them. Be looking for me to run all over their defense."

The contest will be comprised of four 10-minute quarters with a 15-minute halftime. Admission is free to everyone and there will be a Kids Zone set up at the stadium opening at 11:30 a.m. with inflatables, games, and more set for younger Bulldog fans. Tech fans not able to make it to the game can also follow the game with live stats by logging on to www.latechsports.com and clicking on the Gametracker link.

Season tickets for the 2009 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by logging onto www.latechsports.com or calling 318-257-3631.

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