Aug. 11, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech returned to the practice fields Sunday afternoon, just a day after the team went through its first two-a-day, as the Bulldogs practiced for two hours on the Tech Practice Fields.
Working out in shells (helmets and shoulder pads), the squad spent a larger than normal portion of practice in team drills as they refine the installation of the playbook.
“We just finished practice number eight where we were in shells after a two-a-day yesterday and a two-a-day tomorrow,” head coach Skip Holtz said afterwards. “We just beat the storms, gratefully, but got the opportunity to get some great work in here. We did a lot of team work today. I like the way these guys are pushing through it. Right now these guys are tired and sore but you have to keep going. We can’t take it off. We aren’t going to get better [just being] out here in shorts. I am proud of the way we are pushing through it but we still have a long way to becoming a really good football team.”
Throughout most of the team drills the defensive line stood out over most the other groups, providing constant pressure on the quarterback and disrupting plays. Vernon Butler had a pick-six off of Ryan Higgins early on in the team drills, making one of the highlight plays of the session.
“I don’t want to fall into a false sense of security or confidence when you come out here,” Holtz explained. “I always look at the fundamental work in where we are. Right now we have some injuries on the offensive line. We’ve got some guys out and a couple guys are trying to step in and compete. Hopefully we can get healthy and keep getting better. Right now I think it is a combination of the two; I think our defensive line has a chance to get pretty good but we have to keep getting better. Then our offensive line is going to get better.”
“They are really fighting through it and working hard at it,” Holtz said. “We had to come out here in another one of these 100-plus heat index type of days, it is hot, there is not a lot of cloud cover but I do appreciate the way they fought through it. I know eight days into it they are sore. Everybody has been running around here, we are putting on pads, there are some bumps and bruises but they are pushing through it. I am pleased with the way they are pushing through it. We are just not where we need to be right now. We are not executing very well as an offensive football team as a whole and we need to get a lot better at offensive line and wide receiver right now.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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