Football Endures First Two-a-Day Practice in Fall Camp


 

 

Aug. 11, 2013

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech continued fall camp Saturday with the team's first two-a-day as the Bulldogs held two practice sessions at Joe Aillet Stadium.

The team went in shorts in the early session then practiced in full pads during the late session with a long break for the players and staff in the middle.

"We went this morning in shorts then gave them a long afternoon off," explained head coach Skip Holtz. "It is really nice to get up here under the lights of the stadium. It was nice and cool tonight and we had a little breeze. It definitely showed in the emotion and the passion as they are out here flying around."

"We finished up the evening with a little third-and-one scrimmage where we got some great work against each other," Holtz said. "I like the way they came out here and worked. They have been working everyday but today we came out here and there was some passion, some excitement, some emotion and some enthusiasm. Having the opportunity to compete is really when you see the players step forward and I thought they did a nice job tonight."

Throughout most of the team drills and particularly in the 3rd-and-one situational sets, the defensive line stood out, swarming to the ball carrier and often pressuring the quarterback.

"Right now, they are better [than the offensive line]," Holtz said of the defensive line. "They could all be freshmen; right now they are just better. It is that cut and dry. They are better up front, they have more guys with experience and more guys that have played. We talked about it before where we have a lot of new guys up front on the offensive line and we are not as good on the offensive line right now as we are on the defensive line. But we knew the defensive line has a chance to be one of the strengths of ours. When they dig their heels in and get in the trenches, they are pretty physical. I thought they did a nice job tonight."


 

 

Despite hot and humid conditions in the morning with temperatures rising above 90 degrees early on and a second practice session in the evening, the team's moral is high with up-tempo practices and high enthusiasm for the work being put in.

"This could have been a hard [practice]," said Holtz. "It could have been a real hard one but coming out here at night - the  temperature being cooled down some where we have been going outside with a 105 to a 110 degree heat indexes - to come out here tonight was something new, something different. Like I said, I think they did a nice job coming out here for really what was about three practices in about 24 hours when you look at it. They did a nice job of coming out and trying to get better today."

The Bulldogs will host the program's annual Fan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 17 with an added bonus. This year's event has added a preseason tailgating event beginning at 4 p.m. and fans are invited to claim their regular season tailgating spots and fire up the grills in preparation for the 2013 season. Free food will also be available courtesy of some of Louisiana Tech's most loyal sponsors, including Brennan Dodge and Super 1 Foods. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided by Aramark.

Schedule posters, schedule cards and other material will be handed out while supplies last while fans can also purchase their season tickets or single game tickets during the event. The Louisiana Tech Barnes and Nobles Bookstore will also be set up selling merchandise.

Louisiana Tech opens the season on Aug. 31 at North Carolina State while the Bulldogs home opener is Sept. 7 against Lamar. To purchase tickets please call the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, email techtickets@latech.edu or visit LATechSports.com. The Tech Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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