Offense, Defense Trade Blows in Louisiana Tech Mini Scrimmage


 

 

Aug. 15, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech practiced for approximately 90 minutes and capped it off with short scrimmage Wednesday evening on the Tech Practice Fields.

The offense struck quickly in the short scrimmage behind the speed of Tevin King that was on display from the first play from scrimmage. King had the highlight of the day with an 80-plus yard touchdown run.

The defense fought back later in camp with Vontarrius Dora recovering a Myles White fumble.

"I thought offensively we played very well early," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "Guys came off the ball well up front and made a couple plays. But what I liked about our defense is when they got on their heels a little bit, they responded by creating a turnover and that changed the tide. That is one thing we have to do to be a good football team is creating turnovers, especially when we get on our heels. I liked our execution offensively and I thought we did some good things. We have to continue to get better at the back-up quarterback spot."

The team is expecting to scrimmage again Friday.

Through almost two full weeks of camp, the team continues to improve each day as they prepare for a challenging 2012 schedule that includes a non-conference schedule with four of six opponents having gone to a bowl game last season. But the one missing thing has been a lack of major injuries.

"I think for this many practices we are actually in pretty good shape," explained Dykes. "We have had some cool weather, it has been nice and we have been fortunate to have the kind of weather we have had. That has allowed us to get some good, quality practices in. Everybody this time of year is a little tired and beat up but I feel really good about where we are as a football team in our overall health. I think we are actually in a pretty good spot."

At around the midway point through fall camp and with now only 14 days until kickoff, Dykes feels good about this fall's camp as a whole.

"I think it has been good," Dykes said of camp. "It has been competitive every day. I have seen guys come out here and make each other better and work hard. We didn't do a very good job offensively making plays and I thought we made more plays today offensively than we did yesterday. We just have to keep grinding every day, keep improving and I think we have a chance to be okay."

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Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes

"I thought offensively we played very well early. Guys came off the ball well up front and made a couple plays. But what I liked about our defense is when they got on their heels a little bit, they responded by creating a turnover and that changed the tide. That is one thing we have to do to be a good football team is creating turnovers, especially when we get on our heels. I liked our execution offensively and I thought we did some good things. We have to continue to get better at the back-up quarterback spot."

On the grind of camp:

"I think for this many practices we are actually in pretty good shape. We have had some cool weather, it has been nice and we have been fortunate to have the kind of weather we have had. That has allowed us to get some good, quality practices in. Everybody this time of year is a little tired and beat up but I feel really good about where we are as a football team in our overall health. I think we are actually in a pretty good spot."

On fall camp as a whole:

"I think it has been good. It has been competitive every day. I have seen guys come out here and make each other better and work hard. We didn't do a very good job offensively making plays and I thought we made more plays today offensively than we did yesterday. We just have to keep grinding every day, keep improving and I think we have a chance to be okay."