Aug. 19, 2009
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech held their second scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday night, taking to the field at Joe Aillet Stadium despite a steady rain and wet conditions. Freshman Tyrone Duplessis had a solid night with 107 yards rushing while sophomore R.P. Stuart caught a pair of 35-plus yard touchdown passes.
Duplessis highlighted the offense with 17 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown as the running backs took advantage of the conditions. Senior Daniel Porter ran the ball 10 times for 49 yards and Myke Compton tallied 28 yards on nine carries. The big play from scrimmage on the night was freshman Lyle Fitte's 66-yard touchdown run.
"It was a rain day today," said Derek Dooley, head coach of LA Tech. "I thought it was good to get a wet ball practice in which affects throwing and catching sometimes, and sometimes it helps throwing and catching because it affects coverage. Ross [Jenkins] wasn't as sharp throwing the football as he was the last scrimmage."
Jenkins was 14-for-29 on the wet night for 160 yards and one touchdown pass in which he connected with Stuart for a 35-yard score. Stuart caught three passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Randy Hardin was 9-for-14 with 94 passing yards while redshirt freshman Colby Cameron was 4-for-11 for 87 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.
"Tonight was pretty typical of a first long scrimmage in camp - there were a lot of good things and a lot of bad things," said Dooley. "I think we have a lot of good players but we don't have a very good football team right now and we have a long way to go. We're not very good on special teams. There's not enough encouragement and leadership that needs to be on the field to win games when adversity hits and that is something we are going to have to work hard on to develop."
"Tyrone Duplessis really made some nice runs," commented Dooley. "I think he and D.J. Morrow have a chance to really help us. Adrian Linwood had a couple of big plays and we need him to push the ball down the field."
"I thought the defense got affected early as the offense came out early and the defense got on their heels a little bit but then we settled down. I think the big story early in the scrimmage was the offense had a chance to really put it to the defense but then we had a turnover and couldn't convert two 3rd-and-1s. That's the big difference and then, all of a sudden, the momentum turns. Anytime you have opportunities like that, 3rd-and-1 and a fumble in the red zone, it is devastating to the offense."
D'Anthony Smith, recently named to the Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List, led the defense with nine tackles.
Louisiana Tech is preparing for its 2009 season which begins on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a 6 p.m. (CT) game at Auburn that will be televised by ESPNU.
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.
Choice tailgating spaces are also still available and parties interested in upgrading their gameday experience at Joe Aillet Stadium can reserve their tailgating spot by contacting Bill Graham at (318) 257-2056.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.