Aug. 11, 2009
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech hit the practice field for the second day as head coach Derek Dooley put the majority of his veterans through a two-hour practice session Tuesday afternoon at the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex.
"This was our second day in only helmets," Dooley said. "This is our acclimation period (per the NCAA rules). We have to go two days in helmets, two days in shells and two days in full pads before can finally go two-a-days. Tomorrow will be a lot more physical although it doesn't really matter to me what we are wearing, we are just going to go.
"Tomorrow is really when we begin situation. The first two days we've just put in some base runs, base pass protections and base routes. Tomorrow we will start emphasizing third down and build from there. Each day we will install a little more. Each day the multiples start climbing and that's when guys will separate themselves in the process."
Dooley got to see the first glimpse of his newcomers Monday night as the Bulldogs went under the lights at Joe Aillet Stadium.
"The freshmen did basically like every other freshman group," Dooley said. "We put too much in and they start running around like a chicken with their head cut off. It's part of the process. I told the freshmen they were operating at about 60 percent although it was the fastest paced practice they have ever seen. It's a new system and a new tempo. There is no way for them to perform at the highest level at all those variables."
Tech will continue the split squad workouts on Wednesday while the Bulldogs are set for their first practice as an entire unit Thursday and their first practice in full pads on Friday.
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.
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 email@example.com.