Defensive Line Shines After Delay at Louisiana Tech


 

 

Aug. 8, 2012

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech’s football team finally held practice at Joe Aillet Stadium after a time change to avoid thunderstorms that ironically struck early and forced the team to wait until its originally scheduled practice time to begin.

The Bulldogs eventually began practice at 6 p.m. and worked out for approximately two hours in the much cooler temperatures that the passing storms provided.

“It was interesting, we tried to move things up to avoid the storms and of course we moved practice right into the middle of the storms,” said head coach Sonny Dykes. “But we came out and had a good day. We got everything done that we wanted to get done. I saw some signs of fatigue setting in today. It was really the first time [this fall] I had seen it where guys are a little sore and a little tired. We need to push through it better than we did. I thought it was an average practice. We need to come back tomorrow with a little bit better sense of purpose and push through the soreness and fatigue. We have been really lucky with the weather. We just need to keep grinding.”

Overall during Wednesday’s session the defensive line responded a day after they were outplayed by their line of scrimmage counterparts.  

“I thought there were some bright spots,” Dykes said. “I thought the defensive line play was the best we have seen in camp so far. Those guys were physical and they came off the ball better than at any point in camp. I was really pleased with the defensive line. I thought the offensive line got the better of them yesterday so it was good to see those guys respond and answer the bell today. I was impressed with that.”

The team has moved up Thursday’s practice to a 2:30 p.m. start which might be the team’s first real test in hot weather this fall.

“We have had really good weather, temperature-wise. We have had some issues with thunderstorms but the temperatures have been nice. It was 73 degrees when we came out here to practice today; you don’t see that in Louisiana in August. We are going to try to get them out there tomorrow, go in the heat of the day and try to avoid some of the thunderstorms that are supposed to hit tomorrow evening. I think after that it looks like hopefully the thunderstorms will be gone and we won’t have to go back and forth as much as we have.”


 

 

Another reason for the time change on Thursday is because of the signature annual school year kickoff event, The Happening. Dykes will be one of the main speakers of the event.

“It is a great event,” Dykes said of The Happening. “It is the biggest event that Louisiana Tech has and we always have great attendance. It is always great to get out and see people who are supportive of your university and your football program. It will be a good time tomorrow. It is always an event I look forward to, honestly, just getting out and seeing people and having a chance to talk about our team.”

 

Louisiana Tech opens its season Aug. 30 in a historic matchup against SEC foe Texas A&M at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Season tickets as well as individual game tickets can be purchased by calling 318-257-3631, emailing techtickets@latech.edu or by logging onto www.LATechsports.com.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up their young Bulldog and Techster fans with a membership to the LA Tech Kids Club (only $40 per year gets free admittance to all LA Tech regular season, on-campus home events as well as numerous other benefits).

Tech will host a pair of team autograph sessions in the coming weeks as Bulldog fans can meet this year’s players and coaches on Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium and Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Independence Stadium. For more information, log onto www.LATechsports.com.

Tech fans are also encouraged to financially support the University’s dedicated and talented student-athletes, coaches and staff by joining the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC). As the University approaches a new era of Conference USA membership starting July 1, 2013, these types of financial gifts are vital to the continued success. Anyone interesting in becoming a member of LTAC can do so by calling Adam McGuirt at 318-255-7950. More information can be found online at www.LATechsports.com or at www.LATechAlumni.org.

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QUOTES

Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes

“It was interesting, we tried to move things up to avoid the storms and of course we moved practice right into the middle of the storms. But we came out and had a good day. We got everything done that we wanted to get done. I saw some signs of fatigue setting in today. It was really the first time [this fall] I had seen it where guys are a little sore and a little tired. We need to push through it better than we did. I thought it was an average practice. We need to come back tomorrow with a little bit better sense of purpose and push through the soreness and fatigue. We have been really lucky with the weather. We just need to keep grinding.”

On the defense:

“I thought there were some bright spots. I thought the defensive line play was the best we have seen in camp so far. Those guys were physical and they came off the ball better than at any point in camp. I was really pleased with the defensive line. I thought the offensive line got the better of them yesterday so it was good to see those guys respond and answer the bell today. I was impressed with that.”

“We did some good things. I thought we got a lot out of our special teams period. Overall offensively, not a great day but defensively we really flew around particularly in the early part of practice.”

On the offense’s struggles early Wednesday:

“Offensively, you have to have 11 guys that execute and today we had one or two not in the right place at the right time. That has to be a finely-tuned unit and there were times today it was really good and there were times where it was average.”

On tomorrow’s practice and the weather:

“We have had really good weather, temperature-wise. We have had some issues with thunderstorms but the temperatures have been nice. It was 73 degrees when we came out here to practice today; you don’t see that in Louisiana in August. We are going to try to get them out there tomorrow, go in the heat of the day and try to avoid some of the thunderstorms that are supposed to hit tomorrow evening. I think after that it looks like hopefully the thunderstorms will be gone and we won’t have to go back and forth as much as we have.”

On The Happening:

“It is a great event. It is the biggest event that Louisiana Tech has and we always have great attendance. It is always great to get out and see people who are supportive of your university and your football program. It will be a good time tomorrow. It is always an event I look forward to, honestly, just getting out and seeing people and having a chance to talk about our team.”