@LATechFB Places Six Walk-Ons on Scholarship

June 25, 2014

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced Wednesday that six walk-on football student-athletes have been placed on scholarship beginning this fall.

The six players – C.J. Cleveland, Kyle Fischer, Ricky Jones, Marlon Seets, Conner Smith and Darrell Travis – have all been significant contributors on special teams and on the scout team.

“These young men have all contributed to the team in various roles,” explained Holtz. “They have all had great attitudes in every aspect in our program. They all have their work done academically and are hard-working team players. They will be part of our future as a program as we move forward. I am happy to reward their hard work with a scholarship.”

Cleveland, a safety from Shreveport, played a pivotal role on special teams last season as he played in seven games. He originally transferred to Louisiana Tech from Arkansas Tech in 2012 and will be a redshirt junior this fall.

Fischer, a kicker from Frisco, Texas, was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season and was named to the 2013 Conference USA All-Freshman Team as the Bulldogs’ placekicker. He kicked in all 12 games last season connecting on 18-of-23 field goals with a long field goal of 49 yards while also kicking off 41 times, averaging 60.1 yards per kickoff.

Jones, a tight end from Sweeny, Texas, originally transferred to LA Tech after redshirting his freshman year at McMurry. He was a tireless worker on the scout team and is expected to take a more pivotal role on special teams this fall.

Seets, a running back from Haughton, played in seven games and ran the ball 12 times for 65 yards, scoring a touchdown at Rice on Nov. 16. He primarily played on special teams in his seven games played but was a back-up running back as injuries depleted the team’s depth at the position late in the year.

Smith, a receiver and son of former Bulldog basketball point guard Wayne Smith, played in eight games last fall primarily on special teams but did record a nine-yard reception at Rice on Nov. 16. A redshirt sophomore this fall, Smith is expected to take on a more pivotal role at receiver this year.

Travis, the team’s back-up deep snapper last season, will take on that role full time this year with LA Tech losing Josh Cuthbert to graduation. Travis saw action in two games when Cuthbert was plagued with a back injury and will inherit the duties full-time this season.

All six players will be on scholarship beginning this fall when the team reports for fall camp on Aug. 3.

Louisiana Tech opens the season on Aug. 30 at Oklahoma as the Bulldogs kickoff the second year under head coach Skip Holtz.

The Bulldogs first home game is set for Sept. 20 as Tech will host Northwestern State at Joe Aillet Stadium at 6 p.m.

Season tickets are currently on sale with packages as low as $90. To purchase your season tickets, please contact the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, via email at TechTickets@LATech.edu or online at LATechSports.com.

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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