RUSTON, La. - For Louisiana Tech, two-a-days will have to wait. Inclement weather approaching the Ruston area forced the coaching staff to cancel Saturday evening’s scheduled second practice of what was going to be Tech’s first two-a-day, leaving only the morning session.
The canceled practice Saturday evening – one that was scheduled to be in full pads – will be made up later in camp.
Despite the disappointing news of the canceled practice, Louisiana Tech had already registered a spirited two hour session in the morning in just shorts with the staff focusing on more teaching aspects of the game plan.
“I was really proud of the way we came out in shorts today,” Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said of the lone early session Saturday. “They were focused, they moved around and they had some energy. I’ve talked about the leadership of this group and I think on mornings like this is when it really shows up when you hear those guys being vocal and you still get an awful lot out of a shorts practice.”
After three consecutive days in shells or full pads resulting in plenty of physicality on the field, the lack of a drop in productivity to date has been noticeable.
“I think they have been in great shape,” Holtz said of the team’s overall conditioning. “We had every player but two pass the conditioning test and those guys are doing a lot of running, extra. With 100 guys in camp we are talking 98 guys that passed it and it has not been easy. The conditioning test was not easy. I think Coach [Kurt] Hester did a great job; I talked at the beginning [of camp] on how I wanted to commend these players for the job they did over the summer. With the new rule we were allowed to watch film with them for two hours a week over the course of the summer.”
That conditioning will be tested early next week as Louisiana Tech – hopefully – enters two-a-day practices twice a week.
Fans in Ruston and North Louisiana will get their chance to meet the Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 16 with the annual Fan Fest in Ruston at Argent Pavilion.
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