@LATechFB Adds Five to Roster

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May 30, 2014

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced the addition of five student-athletes to the program’s roster Friday including two fifth-year transfers from Big Ten Conference schools.

The Bulldogs added two defensive players – including defensive end Houston Bates from Illinois – and three offensive players highlighted by quarterback Cody Sokol from Iowa.

All five additions – Bates, Roland Dunn, Josh Gaston, David Mahaffey and Sokol – have signed financial aid agreements to attend Louisiana Tech and will be eligible this fall.

Bates, a 6-3, 250-pound defensive end, transfers to LA Tech from the Illini after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in community health and will have one year of eligibility remaining. Originally from Covington, he was Louisiana’s 5A Defensive Player of the Year and an all-state honoree out of Covington High School before heading to Champaign, Illinois where he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. In his three years of playing at Illinois, Bates recorded 81 total tackles (37 solo, 43 assisted) with 14 tackles for a loss of 54 yards including 4.5 sacks for a loss of 32 yards. He was credited with three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 35 games played for the Illini but was injured and did not play when Louisiana Tech won over Illinois, 52-24, in 2012.

Dunn, a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback, joins the LA Tech Family after graduating from Evangel Christian High School in 2014. He lettered in football and track all four years, helping to lead the football program to the state semifinals his senior year with a 10-2 record, a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a state championship in 2010. Dunn registered over 80 tackles in his career with eight interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He set a school and LHSAA state record with a 106-yard interception return for a touchdown.



Gaston, a 6-3, 265-pound tight end, comes to Ruston after two years at Northwest Mississippi Junior College where he played in 18 games. Originally from Olive Branch, Mississippi where he was an all-district tight end, he registered nine catches for a combined 93 yards and one touchdown at Northwest Mississippi.

Mahaffey, a 6-4, 310-pound offensive lineman, will be a sophomore in the fall after winning an NJCAA national championship at East Mississippi Community College. He started all 12 games in the championship season after being a two-time all-state honoree at Brandon (Miss.) High School, leading his team to the Mississippi 6A state runner-up finish his senior year.

Sokol, a 6-2, 215-pound quarterback, transfers to Louisiana Tech from Iowa where he spent two seasons with the Hawkeyes. He redshirted the 2012 season and saw action in Iowa’s 38-17 win at Nebraska. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Sokol joined the Iowa program after being an all-conference and all-America signal caller at Scottsdale Community College where he passed for 3,807 yards his sophomore season, completing 253-of-424 attempts. He set Scottsdale school records for single-game passing yards (542) and touchdowns (seven) in 2011. In his freshman season in 2010, Sokol passed for 2,443 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Season tickets for the 2014 season are currently on sale with packages as low as $90. Louisiana Tech opens the season on Aug. 30 at Oklahoma with a 6 p.m. kickoff slated against the Sooners. To purchase your tickets, please call the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, visit LATechSports.com or email TechTickets@LATech.edu.

Louisiana Tech and Conference USA recently announced its 2014 television package with the Bulldogs getting at least eight games broadcast this fall.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow @LATechFB on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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