LA Tech Football Practice Report: Monday, Aug. 8

Aug. 8, 2016

Next practice: Tuesday, Aug. 9 (4 p.m.)

Louisiana Tech Football spent a little more than two hours on the practice field Monday in shorts for the team’s first official practice of fall camp, which consisted of focused displays from returners and newcomers on both sides of the ball. Louisiana Tech will continue fall camp workouts throughout the rest of the week with the next four practices open to the public.

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Head Coach Skip Holtz

On the first practice of fall camp:

“It was good to get out here on the grass. It is good to get out here and see where these guys are, especially when you look at some of the seasoned guys. It is nice to see them running around. We are getting an opportunity to get a look at some of these young guys for the first time, which is good and really positive. You can’t tell anything yet about who can play and who can’t play until we put pads on, but what we can tell is who knows the offense and defense and who does not. That really showed up a little bit today. We threw a lot at them. Some of these young guys are going to be swimming for a couple days, but I thought it was a good first day. We got out here and got a little sweat in, so it was good.”

On replacing starters from 2015:


 

 

“We have to build depth with coming out here every day practicing and developing fundamentals with these players and teaching them the offense and defense. We have a long way to go, but it was a good first day.”

On what he is looking for on the first day:

“Attention to detail. They are going to learn right from the beginning that we are going to do little things the right way. We are going to touch a line, sprint through a line. We are going to face the right way. When you get tired sometimes you stop thinking. I think that is probably the biggest thing you see with a young team or an inexperienced team; it is just the attention to detail and doing the little things.”

 

Offensive Coordinator Todd Fitch

On how the offense responded to Day 1 of practice:

“I thought the first group and some of the two’s had good retention. We threw a lot at them. The first two days is install, so it is really kind of crazy what we have done with them. I was pleased with some of the guys we thought should be in the first group and some of the backups. There were some positives mentally. The attitude was good. But we have to clean up some of the sloppiness over the next two or three days.”

On the look of the offense:

“We are not going to change anything dramatically. There are pieces of the season we may use or may not use. We are not really looking to change schematically. We will do a little bit of game-planning for certain opponents, but what we are still trying to find out because we are so young is who the best 22 players are. We are not there. We are just talking after day one. We are more into making sure our personnel is set. We may have the first 11 or nine, but we have to find the backups because you are not going to stay healthy. That is probably the highest priority right now and this first week especially. We are throwing everything at them and after this Saturday we are going to have a little bit of an idea of where we are at.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Blake Baker

On Jordan Harris and Dalton Santos:

“The one thing that really stands out with them is just their leadership. You can tell obviously with them playing for four years now and this being their fifth year, they understand this is their last hurrah and they are fitting right in. They are really good leaders. We are kind of like a jigsaw puzzle. I think we have the pieces talent-wise, but we just have to figure out how to put it together. Those two guys definitely help fill some of those spots.”

On players competing for positions on the defense:

“At corner, I think this was Prince [Sam’s] first day out here, but I think it is going to be interesting. Ronald Lewis had a heck of a pick today. I think it is going to be a battle and competition makes everybody better. I think replacing Vernon [Butler] is going to be hard and obviously you cannot do it with one guy … but I think we will be solid, so we will see who takes the bull by the horns. I think we have the pieces. Now, we have I think 28 more days to make it happen.”

 

WR Trent Taylor

On Day 1 of practice:

“You can’t really tell too much about how the team will end up being by the time the season gets here, but I think for a day one practice we all came out here with a good focus and ready to get some work done. We are just going through the basics right now. I think the young guys were all locked in and it went pretty well.”

On the wide receivers:

“I like what we have as a receiving group as a whole right now. People mention me and Carlos [Henderson], but I think it is everybody that will be making plays for us, so we can spread it around as much as we want. It is going to be fun.”

On being a leader:

“It will be crucial. It is something I have to be focused on every day; something different that I have never really had to think about on a daily basis out here at practice. It is something I need to be aware of and I have to be on my toes ready to roll and keep the juice up at practice at any moment. That is something me and Coach [Joe] Sloan have talked about and I have talked about with the other leaders on this team. It will be a challenge for us, but we are ready to take it on.”

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