Aug. 4, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's football program opened fall camp Sunday as 99 players reported for camp on the Louisiana Tech campus.
The players arrived on campus and checked in with the coaching staff, received dormitory room keys and had pictures taken along with receiving the full camp schedule.
"The greatest thing about report day is there were no surprises," said head coach Skip Holtz. "That is the thing as a coach you always worry about and hold your breath to make sure everyone gets here safely and you don't have any accidents or no surprises. That was the biggest thing about report day and everyone that was supposed to be here today was here. That means that all the upperclassmen that were expected to report were here and it also means that 100 percent of our signing class was here."
The 99 players on the camp roster came from 11 states overall. The roster of players reporting also included 100 percent of Louisiana Tech's 2013 signing class, the first signing class under the Holtz era.
"There is a lot that is said during recruiting in February and a lot of people rank recruiting classes and evaluate recruiting classes based on who signs," Holtz commented. "I think it is one thing to sign them, but it is another thing to have 100 percent of them show up on your campus ready to go. I think that speaks volumes for this staff with the way they evaluated and recruited, because we talk all the time about how it is not just talent you are recruiting or how many stars are next to a young man's name, but it is the complete package. What type of student are they? Are they going to qualify? Are they going to be here? What type of people are they? What type of players are they?"
The 2013 season marks a first in many areas for the football program at Louisiana Tech, including the first year in Conference USA and the first season under the direction of head coach Skip Holtz.
The first practice will be held on Monday, Aug. 5 at 3:45 p.m. with the first five practices being open to the public. From that point the coaching staff will determine which practices will be open and which will be closed. All open practices will be held on the Tech Practice Fields. Times and locations are subject to change and will be announced through the team's Twitter account, @LATechFB.
Louisiana Tech will open the 2013 season at NC State on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 11:30 a.m. CT/12:30 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised on the ACC Network and simulcast on ESPN3.
Season tickets and tickets to the Heart of Dallas Classic (Sept. 28 vs. Army) can be purchased by contacting the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tech Ticket Office is located in the Thomas Assembly Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fans can also purchase tickets at www.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.
Date Practice No. Time Location
Aug. 5 No. 1 (Helmets) 3:45 p.m. Tech Practice Fields
Aug. 6 No. 2 (Helmets) 3:45 p.m. Tech Practice Fields
Aug. 7 No. 3 (Shells) 3:45 p.m. Tech Practice Fields
Aug. 8 No. 4 (Shells) 3:45 p.m. Tech Practice Fields
Aug. 9 No. 5 (Pads) 3:45 p.m. Tech Practice Fields