Tech Holds Final Practice in Full Pads before the T-Day Spring Game


 

 

April 10, 2013

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech held its final practice in full pads Wednesday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium before the team wraps up spring practice with the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wednesday's session, which was held before any inclement weather hit the Ruston area, featured a lot of team period work. Friday's practice will be in shorts as they polish up this week's work prior to the spring game.

"We got a lot of team work in today," head coach Skip Holtz said. "We ran about 70-80 plays in team with 1s-on-1s and 2s-on-2s which we can't get enough of right now. We could go every day from now until the season doing that but we got a lot of good work in today. We were in pads today and will go in shorts on Friday and then I am excited about the spring game on Saturday."

Saturday's spring game will give the offense the opportunity to rebound after the last scrimmage where they turned the ball over 10 times. The coaching staff has used that performance and the coaches film as strong teaching tools for the offense.

"As much as anything, I think it has been a great teaching tool showing them how important communication is and everybody being on the same page," Holtz said of the last scrimmage. "One guy runs the wrong route and it is seven points for the defense. They have to understand we have to make the defense make the plays, we can't give it to them. There are a lot of communication things, there are a lot of assignment things but we have to do a better job of executing as a unit for sure."

Overall entering the last few sessions of the spring, Holtz said the team has come a long way despite the challenge of a new coaching staff and new playbook as well as the loss of 32 seniors from last year's squad.

"I think it has been a productive spring, I think we have come a long way but I wish we were going into day one tomorrow. I would feel a lot more comfortable as a football coach if we had 15 more days ahead of us. As a new staff coming in, that's part of what you have to overcome and getting guys comfortable with your system on both sides of the ball."


 

 

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Head Coach Skip Holtz

"We got a lot of team work in today. We ran about 70-80 plays in team with 1s-on-1s and 2s-on-2s which we can't get enough of right now. We could go every day from now until the season doing that but we got a lot of good work in today. We were in pads today and will go in shorts on Friday and then I am excited about the spring game on Saturday."

On what he wants to get out of the spring game:

"There are two things, mainly. There are a lot of positions still being battled for starters, for back-ups, for 1s and for 2s and for the total team. This [Saturday] will be the last time we will be on the field until August 4 when we report to camp. I think it is going to be very important for some individuals in this scrimmage and I would also like to get as many reps as we can to get an evaluation as an offense and as a defense and where we are right now. It is hard, as we have talked about before, to get a good feel when you are going against each other of exactly how you stand up. It will be a great opportunity for us to evaluate a lot of little things on both sides of the ball."

On the offense rebounding from the last scrimmage:

"As much as anything, I think it has been a great teaching tool showing them how important communication is and everybody being on the same page. One guy runs the wrong route and it is seven points for the defense. They have to understand we have to make the defense make the plays, we can't give it to them. There are a lot of communication things, there are a lot of assignment things but we have to do a better job of executing as a unit for sure."

On the team's maturation over the course of the spring:

"We have come a long way, going back to the very first day when we didn't know how to line up in formation and we didn't know the defenses and we had to start putting it in in slow pieces. As much as anything, I think it is knowledge - what we as coaches have learned about our team and what our team has learned about the standard that we try to teach over the last 13 days. I think there has been a lot of learning and a big learning curve as far as not just the terminology but there has been a big learning curve for the coaches and the players as far as the standard and everything we want right now."

"I think it has been a productive spring, I think we have come a long way but I wish we were going into day one tomorrow. I would feel a lot more comfortable as a football coach if we had 15 more days ahead of us. As a new staff coming in, that's part of what you have to overcome and getting guys comfortable with your system on both sides of the ball."