Bulldogs Hit Practice Field For First Time

Aug. 10, 2009

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley had sweat rolling down his face following Monday afternoon's first practice session as the majority of the Bulldog veterans worked out in temperatures which came close to tipping the century mark.

However, as Dooley addressed the media following practice, he spoke with the confidence of a third year head coach that was pleased with what he saw during the two-hour session.

"You can tell we have a lot of guys back who understand what the expectations are and that understand the schemes, both offensively and defensively," Dooley said. "We had good energy today and the guys are in good shape. It was a good practice but one practice doesn't make a season.

"We have to go to the next meeting and then to the next practice and continue to work on getting better. I can tell we have experience as we weren't going over the elementary stuff as much. Now, tonight (when the newcomers practice) it will be a whole new experience for those guys."

The mid-afternoon practice began at 2 p.m. and included four periods of individual drills followed by eight periods of team, including two special team's periods.

"It's way too early for me to start singling out players," Dooley said. "It's hard for me to get too excited until I see them put on the pads. I will say (Phillip) Livas looked pretty good. I think the doctor might have done a good job with his (surgery). We were in punt coverage and no one could touch him.

"I would pick him (in flag football). He looks good. He's stronger and a lot more mature in his work ethic."

The junior wide receiver and return specialist earned first team all-WAC honors a year ago after developing the reputation as one of college football's top kick and punt return specialists. He will also serve as one of the Bulldogs top threats at the receiver position this fall.

Following Monday night's work out with the newcomers, walk-ons and remaining veterans, the Bulldogs will resume practice Tuesday with their second split session in as many days with the veterans taking to the field in the afternoon and the newcomers in the evening.

 

 

"We are going to push them every day," Dooley said. "We have plenty of time to recover but now is not the time. We are in the heat and we are going to continue to push them through it. I can tell they are in good shape because it was hot out there today. It's even harder when you are split up and there are only 40-something guys to take reps."

Season tickets are currently on sale as the Bulldogs play five home games at Joe Aillet Stadium, including Nicholls State (Sept. 19), Hawaii (Sept. 30), New Mexico State (Oct. 17), Boise State (Nov. 6) and San Jose State (Dec. 5).

Tech ticket manager Zach Williams also said season tickets will continue to be sold up to the Bulldogs first home game against Nicholls State.

One of the best deals is the Family Pack. For only $275, the Family Pack consists of two adult and three children tickets for all five home games.

Single game tickets and season tickets can both be ordered by logging onto www.latechsports.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Williams also said group single game ticket rates for the east side of the stadium are being offered. Groups can purchase 20 to 49 tickets for $8 each, 50 to 99 tickets for $7 each and 100-plus tickets for $6 each.

Single game tickets for road games at Auburn ($40) and Navy ($32) are on sale to the general public as well while LSU ($45) tickets are available only to season ticket holders and LTAC members.

Tech fans with youngsters are encouraged to sign them up for the inaugural LA Tech Kids Club. For only a $30 fee for the year, LA Tech Kids Club members receive free admission to all Tech home regular season sporting events as well as additional benefits such as club t-shirt and more.

To sign up for the LA Tech Kids Club, contact Nicki Brostek at 318-257-2507 or e-mail nbrostek@latech.edu.

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