Updated Apr 14, 2005 16:08:50
Moats Watches As Bulldogs Practice
RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech went through a spirited practice Wednesday as the Bulldogs continued working in preparation for Bone Bowl III.
The Bone Bowl, Tech's annual spring football game, will be held at noon Saturday in Joe Aillet Stadium.
Running backs Freddie Franklin, Mark Dillard and Kenny Hicks received quite a bit of work during the practice session, with the man they're trying to replace on the sidelines watching them.
Former Bulldog Ryan Moats was at the practice session and will also work out for a member of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff on Thursday in Ruston in preparation for the NFL draft to be held on April 23 and 24.
Moats declared himself eligible for the draft earlier this year after he was named the 2004 Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, rushing for a school record 1,774 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Bulldogs last year as a junior.
"It's funny sitting here watching because I'm so used to being out there and playing," Moats said. "I'm seeing things and telling myself that 'I would have done this or that' or 'I would have taken that hole or made that move.' It's weird, because I want to be out there working with them."
Moats said that he thinks Tech's upcoming young running back corps can do a good job for the Bulldogs next season.
"Freddie showed a lot last season and looks like he'll do a good job," Moats said. "I didn't get to see Mark Dillard too much last year because he didn't play much in games and in practice I was concentrating on my role. But it looks like Tech has some good backs coming in and as they guys gain experience and get more aggressive, I think they'll get better and better."