Posted Apr 14, 2007 16:23:39
Bulldog Defense Strong in Scrimmage
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley said he was pleased with the performance of his defense in the Bulldogs 110-play intra-squad scrimmage held Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Despite giving up five touchdowns – three of those coming when offensive possessions began within the red zone – Dooley said he saw plenty to make him feel good about the job his defensive unit is doing with one week remaining in spring drills.
“I was pleased with the defense as a whole from last scrimmage to this scrimmage,” Dooley said. “They are playing with tremendous effort and tremendous toughness. I think this was the best we have seen (from the defense) from a physical standpoint; guys were running to the football and tackling with an attitude. I think it affected the offense.
“The defense was playing aggressive. They were hitting the runners and hitting the receivers, and that’s the style of defense we want to play. Overall, that’s what I was pleased with the most.”
On the afternoon, the Bulldogs defensive units registered nine sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries while being led statistically by Marvin Lubin (7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception), Quin Harris (6 tackles, 2 sacks), and Mark Dillard (6 tackles, ½ sack).
In the continued battle for the Bulldogs starting quarterback position, Zac Champion had the best statistical afternoon passing for 196 yards and one touchdown – a 65-yard bomb to Josh Wheeler – while also throwing two interceptions.
Red-shirt freshman Ross Jenkins threw a pair of scores, including an 11-yard screen to running back Daniel Porter and a 5-yard score to walk-on wide receiver Lloyd Morgan.
Patrick Jackson rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including an impressive 22-yard scamper off right tackle on the first series of the day, while Brian Jackson led all Tech receivers with seven receptions for 72 yards.
“Individually, I think the two guys who have shown they are going to be a big part of our offense are Patrick Jackson and Brian Jackson,” Dooley said. “They have continued to make plays consistently throughout the spring.”
One area of concern for Dooley was the play of his special teams units. Under winding and cold conditions, Danny Horwedel and Brad Ostriecher combined to make just 1-of-7 field goal attempts.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with where we are at this point,” Dooley said. “I was disappointed in the execution of our special teams. I don’t think are specialists were sharp today. They were affected by the conditions; it was a little colder and a little windier. That’s something our specialists have to learn to do and that’s execute in tough conditions.”
Tech returns to the practice field Monday in continued preparation for the T-Day Spring Game set for April 21 at 1 p.m.
TD: P. Jackson 22 yard run (Horwedel xp)
TD: P. Jackson 1 yard run (Red Zone)
FG: Horwedel 26 yard FG
TD: Jenkins to Porter 11 yards
TD: Champion to Wheeler 65 yards
TD: Jenkins to Morgan 5 yards
Champion 14-26 for 196 yards, 1 TD, 2 Interceptions
Mosley 7-19 for 65 yards, 1 interception
Jenkins 5-10 for 62 yards, 2 TDs
Danna 2-11 for 27 yards
Totals 28-66 for 350 yards, 3 TDs, 3 Interceptions
B. Jackson 7-72 yards
W. Griffin 4-12 yards
Womack 3-24 yards
Wheeler 2-78 yards, 1 TD
Simmons 2-51 yards
Morris 2-39 yards
Beck 2-10 yards
P. Jackson 5-25 yards, 2 TDs
Compton 4-32 yards
Griffin 8-14 yards
Lubin 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception
Q. Harris 6 tackles, 1 FR, 2 sacks
Dillard 6 tackles, ½ sack
Freeman 6 tackles, ½ sack
B. White 5 tackles, 1 sack
Darby 5 tackles, 1 pbu
Bre. Jackson 5 tackles, ½ sack
Reddick 5 tackles
Lowery 4 tackles, 1 PBU
D. Young 3 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 interception
D. Smith 3 tackles, 1 FR
Day 3 tackles, 1 ½ sacks
Baker 2 tackles, 1 interception
McGilton 2 tackles, 2 sacks