RUSTON, La. - Lightning canceled Louisiana Tech's two-a-day football practices Saturday but on Monday the only thing that the rain and lightning affected was the temperature. Louisiana Tech completed its first set of two-a-days Monday with a morning session on the Tech Practice Fields and an evening session at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Focus throughout the double session was polishing and speeding up what was learned during the main installation days of the first week of camp.
"We are into the second week now," head coach Skip Holtz said. "You go through the first week and there is a lot of excitement and it is all about installation; you are trying to install your offense and your defense and get it all in. Now we are trying to polish it up. We are going at a much quicker tempo at this point, speeding things up and making them think. Mentally some of the freshmen are hitting that wall a little bit right now but we just have to keep pushing through it. There is no easy way to get them to where we are going to learn it but to rep it and rep it and rep it."
Despite an early start on the practice fields there was a high level of energy and excitement among the players as both sides continued to show signs of more comfort with their respective playbooks.
"I think we had a great workout this morning," Holtz said. "It was very intense with a lot of excitement and energy and then tonight in full pads the weather cools down, obviously, and being under the lights of the stadium creates a lot of excitement. I am really proud of the way they are working right now."
Through nine practices in fall camp so far, neither side of the ball has established a clear, consistent dominance over the other side which will hopefully lead to an improved team as a whole once the season begins.
"What happens to good football teams is what we have gone through so far, it has been give and take," Holtz explained. "There have been days where the defense has come out and really shown well, had a lot of excitement and really flying around with a lot of momentum. Then the offense will respond back the next day and they will have a good day. That is what good football teams do - they sharpen each other. The offense and the defense sharpen each other and you know you have to come out here every day or you are going to get beat."
"The first week is under our belt, this week we are going through it to try and polish everything up, we have to push through a lot of bumps and bruises, guys are sore and we are doing everything we can to get them in cold tub," Holtz said. "We put them in the pool this past weekend and did a lot of aerobic-type exercise in the pool to try and keep them loose. We are doing everything we can to give them a little time off in the afternoons so they can continue to recover and we can come out and get the work done. We've talked about how important this camp was for so many new guys. We can't afford guys to miss it and we can't afford to come out here one day and go through the motions."
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