Louisiana Tech Ends Spring Practice on Positive Note
April 13, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech wrapped up its spring football camp Tuesday evening, working out in helmets and shoulder pads at Joe Aillet Stadium for the final practice of the spring session.
With a rare practice held after the team's spring game, head coach Sonny Dykes and the coaching staff used the practice session to correct mistakes found on the spring game film and to introduce a few new concepts to keep momentum going into the summer.
"Today was good," said Dykes. "We had an unusual schedule with a practice after our spring game but I really wanted to make some corrections to what we saw on film and introduce a couple of new concepts. Today was a productive day. You always worry how the team will respond after your spring game but we had a positive, productive day and our players were focused."
With spring ball complete, the team can resume off season workouts and the rehabilitation of injured players. Ending spring camp, the team had no major injuries sustained throughout the 15 practices.
"I was pleased with the work we did this spring," commented Dykes. "We had over 300 reps in our scrimmages and didn't really have any serious injuries. That speaks a lot about our strength coach Damon Harrington and the work he and the rest of the strength staff have done here. I feel like we have an athletic team and our speed and the lack of injuries is a product of that athleticism. It was a good way to end the spring and we were blessed to have great weather throughout our entire spring practice schedule."
Throughout the spring a few groups made marked improvements in the coaching staff's eyes.
"The receivers got a lot better as a group and they are the ones with the least amount of experience," said Dykes. "As young, raw players they improved a lot and they still have a lot of potential. They still need to mature and get a lot tougher, both mentally and physically. I saw the same thing from the linebackers. Entering spring ball, we didn't have a lot of depth but some guys stepped up."
We also developed some depth on the defensive line and that is encouraging," Dykes continued. "And while we entered spring ball with the cornerbacks being a perceived weakness, that is now proving to be a strength in our defense."
Tuesday's final practice ended a whirlwind 96-hour stretch for Dykes which started with the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday and continued through the Bradshaw-Brooks Golf Tournament Sunday and Monday and finally concluding with Tuesday's practice.
"It was kind of a crazy weekend with the spring game Saturday, which was also the first chance to meet most of our players' parents," explained Dykes. "Then also meeting some recruits, seeing our signees and their parents all on Saturday then Sunday night getting to know Terry Bradshaw and Kix Brooks and the golf outing on Monday, there was a lot going on."
"I grew up watching those two guys and admiring them in two different ways," continued Dykes. "I watched Terry play - I usually rooted against him because I was a Cowboys fan - but I always respected his teams. When you think about rating a quarterback, Terry won four Super Bowls and that's amazing. And Kix is one of the most accomplished country musicians ever. For a university to produce two of the best people in their respective fields and for those two to come give back speaks a lot about this place and how special it is."
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