Aug. 6, 2008
RUSTON -- Despite the mid-day heat, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs practiced for the first time in pads Wednesday afternoon.
Tech head coach Derek Dooley said afterward that the Bulldogs had a good practice and he was excited to see his players with pads on, making good physical, contact.
"It was the first day with shoulder pads on and it was extremely hot," Dooley said. "The first time you put those pads on, it's like putting on a monster. It really tests your mind. But it was nice to get out there start knocking some licks around. It's a good way to gain toughness. Usually, the most physical teams win consistently. It was a good physical practice."
Dooley said the physicality was good, but the team took some time to get used to the new conditions with the pads on.
"We had some good hitting going on, but now it's a matter of getting the tempo going," Dooley said. "The tempo was not quite were we wanted it today. The combination of the heat and the pads being on and you have to get in physical shape for that."
The Bulldogs also added a situational install during the practice for third down situations.
"We put in third down today," Dooley said. "In every practice from here out, we're going to down and distance everything. They're going to start understanding situations."
Wednesday night, the newcomers also participated in practice in the last session before the squads combine Thursday afternoon and full pads Friday.