Louisiana Tech Works Out in Helmets and Shoulder Pads Wednesday

Aug. 12, 2009

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech entered day three of camp with the addition of shoulder pads to the practice regimen as head coach Derek Dooley and the Bulldogs practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon at the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex.

The team continued preparations for Louisiana Tech's season opener at Auburn on Sept. 5 as the coaches introduced third down situations to the team.

"The first day of anything is hard," said Dooley. "The players are wearing pads for the first time this fall, some of them have new pads, it is heavier and it is hot. It is just a tough day."

"We introduced third down," Dooley continued. "Each day we're going to start introducing more situations. Understanding on 2-10 what the offense is going to do and how the defense is going to adjust. We're just trying to teach them to be a situationally-smart club and that takes a lot of practice."

The team continues practice Wednesday evening with the freshmen working out and the team will wear full pads on Friday.

"I think we have a lot of runners and hitters," Dooley said of the freshmen. "A lot of speed, good size - we have some physical guys. That's what sticks out. We're doing a lot of special teams drills where we're doing a lot of running, changing direction and hitting. But like every freshman class, we have a long way to go."

Fans can get their first glimpse of LA Tech football this fall on Sunday at the Fan Fest in the Thomas Assembly Center.

"We have over 200 members in our first kid's club ever," mentioned Dooley. "Fan Day is where they can pick up their official shirt and they get to meet the team. What's neat is we have four returning All-WAC guys and we've got some stars. It's a great opportunity for our fans to interact with our players. I'm proud of how our players represent this program off the field and I think the kids are going to love the interaction."

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.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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