April 11, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech practiced in the program's final spring session before the 2012 T-Day Spring Game with a two hour session at Joe Aillet Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
After 13 solid practices, Wednesday's session was a little frustrating for head coach Sonny Dykes.
"[Wednesday's practice was] probably not as crisp as we have been," Dykes said. "I think sometimes the practices before the spring game you have to grind through it. I wasn't happy with the way we did it today. I thought we were good most places but a lot of guys had subpar practices. We have to do a better job Saturday of competing and finishing some things."
Despite a handful of players not performing at their peak Wednesday, they will have a chance to redeem themselves Saturday in the T-Day Spring Game.
"Just be sharp, take care of the football, tackle well and limit our penalties," Dykes said of what he wants to see in the spring game. "Guys start to get sloppy at times and lazy and that is when you get penalties. I want us to be better at the end of the game than we were before."
Overall, the team has used 14 practices to refine parts of its game plan and develop depth at several key positions.
"I have been really pleased," Dykes said of the progress the team has made this spring. "I have seen tremendous improvement from at the quarterback position. Colby is a different guy from when spring started. We have developed depth on our offensive line, which was really important for us to do."
"We had defensive players step-up," said Dykes of the other side of the ball. "Our linebackers have been a little farther ahead than I thought they would be. We had guys compete at the corner spot. Dave Clark has had a great spring. Kendrick James has had a great spring and IK [Enemkpali] is a different guy than he was. All those guys have gotten better and improved. We need to get some guys off the injuries they have had and get them back and competing."
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