LA Tech Football Practice Report: Friday, Aug. 4
Aug. 4, 2017
RUSTON, La. - Since players reported to campus for fall camp last Sunday, it has been an jam-packed week for Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz and his 2017 Bulldogs.
With the season less than a month away, Holtz and the Bulldogs have spent the past five days preparing for the 2017 season, which is set to begin on Sept. 2 when LA Tech hosts in-state foe Northwestern State under the lights at Joe Aillet Stadium.
After Monday’s midnight practice in the stadium to kick off fall camp, the Bulldogs have been early risers the rest of the week with morning practice sessions scheduled over the first four weeks of camp. Players spent the first two days of practice in shorts, while two days of shells followed before the Bulldogs were able to suit up in full pads Friday morning for the fifth practice this week.
“We’ve gotten in some good work,” Holtz said of the opening week of camp. “There’s still a lot of teaching going on with some of the young guys still learning what we are doing. We are going to give them a couple weeks before we make a real evaluation on them. I like the attitude and the work ethic of the team right now. Offense is going to have a good day and then the defense will come back, watch the film and make some corrections. I really like the athleticism of this football team, but we are still a long way from being where we need to be to be ready to play a season. We need every day we can get, but I am really encouraged by what I have seen out here the first couple days.”
The 2017 roster features 31 new names and faces, therefore one focus throughout the first week of practice has been the installation of the playbook and developing depth across the board. Part of that process has occurred behind closed doors as the team spends each afternoon in a variety of team and position meetings, while also spending time in the weight room.
“I am about as excited for the afternoon walk-throughs and evening meetings as anything right now so we can continue to grow and develop mentally,” Holtz said. “I think that is one of the areas we need to improve the most as a football team.”
The Bulldogs will officially wrap up week one of fall camp Saturday with practice scheduled in the morning before taking advantage of a day off on Sunday to recover physically prior to the team’s seventh practice on Monday.
Louisiana Tech fans will have two opportunities to interact with the 2017 Bulldog football team prior to the start of the season as Holtz and Co. will participate in a pair of fan days.
Holtz and his Bulldogs will travel to Shreveport/Bossier City on Friday, Aug. 18 for the Freedom Fields Fan Fest starting at 4:15 p.m. Fans are invited to come out to the free event and watch a walk-through practice that begins at 4:30 p.m. Following the workout, the Bulldog players and coaches will sign autographs.
In addition to the practice and autograph session at Freedom Fields, fans will have an opportunity to buy official LA Tech merchandise, purchase season tickets, register their youngsters for the LA Tech Kids Club and interact with members of the spirit teams. Concessions and inflatables will both be on site.
The second fan fest is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston as doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Members of the Bulldog football team and the Lady Techster volleyball team will participate in autograph sessions from 11 a.m. to noon.
Fans can have their photo taken with the Armed Forces Bowl trophy and youngsters can enjoy the inflatable bounce houses. LA Tech fans can also purchase season tickets while LA Tech Kids Club registration and pickup will be available. Official Tech merchandise will be available while members of the Tech spirit squads will also be in attendance. Concessions will be open although limited items (water, tea, popcorn) will be available.
Following the fan fest, the Bulldog football team will scrimmage at Joe Aillet Stadium while the Lady Techster volleyball team will scrimmage at the Thomas Assembly Center. Both are free and open to the general public.
Louisiana Tech fans can now purchase season tickets for the upcoming 2017 football season as the Bulldogs coming off three consecutive nine-win seasons, three straight bowl victories and one of the most impressive home slates on the horizon next fall with a program-record seven home games at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Fans can purchase season tickets online at www.LATechSports.com/tickets or by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631. Fans will also have the opportunity to save up to $84 by becoming a season ticket holder rather than purchasing single-game tickets.
LA Tech also began selling single-game tickets Tuesday for the seven home Bulldog football games at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Skip Holtz and Co. open the season Sept. 2 when they host Northwestern State at 6 p.m., followed one week later by a home match-up against SEC foe Mississippi State (Sept. 9). The Bulldogs will also host South Alabama (Sept. 30), Southern Miss (Oct. 21), North Texas (Nov. 4), Florida Atlantic (Nov. 11) and UTSA (Nov. 25).
Louisiana Tech fans can access the prices and purchase single-game tickets by logging onto LATechSports.com/Tickets. Fans can call the LA Tech Ticket Office (318-257-3631) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. or can stop by the ticket office located on the concourse of the Thomas Assembly Center.
Group experiences are also available (subject to availability based on type of group, size and event type) and include: video board recognition, birthday parties, special group pricing, reserved block seating, on-field pregame photo, pregame field access, and the opportunity to reserve a tailgate spot. For more information on group experiences, fans can call 318-257-5152.
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