Louisiana Tech Works Out in Full Pads for First Time Friday

Aug. 14, 2009

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech worked out in full pads for the first time Friday afternoon as fall camp entered day five at the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex. The Bulldogs installed the goal line package while the full pads allowed the first day of full contact.

"It was the first day of pads and we had a good, physical, hard practice," commented head coach Derek Dooley. "I was very pleased with the intensity level that everybody on the team brought to practice. If you don't have that intensity and you don't play in a real physical nature, you have a hard time doing anything. I think we have a lot more guys with a little more bite than we have had and that's a good thing. The key now is to do it with consistency."

Louisiana Tech is coming off an 8-5 season where the Bulldogs won the Independence Bowl over Northern Illinois, their first bowl appearance since 2001 and first bowl win since 1977.

"I think we're ahead in some areas and we're behind in some areas," Dooley said about this year's team in comparison to last year's. "What I do feel good about is that all the areas of concern we have, I feel like we have good players who are showing signs of a lot of progress. And our good players look good as well. We have a lot of encouraging signs but we still 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. The festivities start at 4 p.m. with the football, women's soccer and volleyball teams on hand to sign autographs and interact with the fans.

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.

The first day of two-a-days practice begins Saturday. All practices are closed to the public. For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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