Louisiana Tech Finishes Installing Offense on Day Three


 

 

Aug. 5, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech spent the third day of camp installing the final part of its offense as the team practiced for just under two hours on the Tech practice fields Sunday evening in a weather-shortened session.

Lightning in the Ruston area forced the team to end practice about 15 minutes early but the team was still able to finish installing the final third of its offense. With more depth at skill positions this year than any other year, head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin have the opportunity to put a more versatile offense on the field.

"When you are in year three, you have the basic stuff down pretty well," explained Dykes. "You can understand a little bit [more] but you have to be careful you don't do too much. We have some different types of players and some guys with some size so it does give our offense a little more versatility than we have had in the past. WE can be in ore sets and bigger sets and get more and bigger type bodies on the field. That helps us in our three-back "Bone" package and we will be able to play with a tight end a little bit more in some tight end sets. It just gives us some more versatility."

While the weather shortened practice by a small amount at the end, the cloud cover provided a welcome relief to the normal intense Louisiana summer heat and the first three days of camp have been surprisingly mild.

"We have been lucky," Dykes said. "That is part of the reason we are practicing at night, it was a little bit different tonight as we had some lightning and had to call if off a little early. The weather has been nice and our players are fresh because of it. We are going to get a lot of hot weather days to prepare our guys so we just need to keep working and keep grinding and enjoy the cool days when we have them."

While the offense struggled at the start, it picked up its focus and made some plays later in practice. Richie Casey continues to be a player that has shown improvement so far.

"Richie [Casey] has had a good camp," commented Dykes. "The move to the outside has helped him. I think he is more comfortable playing outside than he has. He is really focused, has worked hard over the summer and is really playing well."

In addition, a handful of others have looked good but things can chance once the pads come on.

"Colby [Cameron] has been sharp," said Dykes. "I like the young running backs; Tevin King showed today a lot of explosiveness in the team period, which is good to see. We have some guys that are going to show up I think. It is just a matter of getting them out here in the pads and getting some carryover and getting a lot of work done. That is something we are going to have to do now that we are putting the pads on, we are going to have to start playing physical and banging on each other. The cream always comes to the top this next week. It will be a long week for us, we are going to go basically 10 days in a row of practice and we will find out a lot about our team in those 10 days."

Tech will put shoulder pads on beginning Monday evening with the fourth practice of fall camp starting at 6 p.m. on the Tech practice fields. The NCAA requires a three-day "acclimation period" where only helmets may be worn for the first three days of camp.

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QUOTES

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes

"It was a good day, a spirited practice. I think our guys are ready to get out of helmets and shorts practice and get into some pads work. We need to and that is something our guys will be excited about tomorrow. It was good, we got a lot of work done and our work ethic has been good."

On Richie Casey:

"Richie [Casey] has had a good camp. The move to the outside has helped him. I think he is more comfortable playing outside than he has. He is really focused, has worked hard over the summer and is really playing well."

On a productive day:

"It was kind of back-and-forth. Sometimes in camp you have lulls. We didn't start out very good but did some good things later in team drills. It was good both ways. The defense really shut the offense down during our four-play period at the beginning; the first team defense really shut the first team offense down. Then the second team offense did a good job against the defense so it was back-and-forth and about what you would expect.

"We will have a better sense of how we are after we put pads on tomorrow and start hitting each other. It is really hard to tell for a lot of guys [right now]. The receivers and defensive backs you can see a lot right now but the other guys need to have the pads on to be able to really compete."

On the weather:

"We have been lucky. That is part of the reason we are practicing at night, it was a little bit different tonight as we had some lightning and had to call if off a little early. The weather has been nice and our players are fresh because of it. We are going to get a lot of hot weather days to prepare our guys so we just need to keep working and keep grinding and enjoy the cool days when we have them."

On installing the offense and its versatility:

"When you are in year three, you have the basic stuff down pretty well. You can understand a little bit [more] but you have to be careful you don't do too much. We have some different types of players and some guys with some size so it does give our offense a little more versatility than we have had in the past. WE can be in ore sets and bigger sets and get more and bigger type bodies on the field. That helps us in our three-back "Bone" package and we will be able to play with a tight end a little bit more in some tight end sets. It just gives us some more versatility."

On other players standing out:

"Richie Casey is the guy that is easy to find right now because he is running around and catching the ball. We will know more tomorrow when they start mixing it up. Colby [Cameron] has been sharp. I like the young running backs; Tevin King showed today a lot of explosiveness in the team period, which is good to see. We have some guys that are going to show up I think. It is just a matter of getting them out here in the pads and getting some carryover and getting a lot of work done. That is something we are going to have to do now that we are putting the pads on, we are going to have to start playing physical and banging on each other. The cream always comes to the top this next week. It will be a long week for us, we are going to go basically 10 days in a row of practice and we will find out a lot about our team in those 10 days."