Defense Dominates in Louisiana Tech's Last


 

 

Aug. 20, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's defense stood tall Monday at Joe Aillet Stadium as the team held its final general fall camp practice before beginning focused preparations on Texas A&M.

Monday was the team's final general practice as the team will start focusing Tuesday on the season opener against Texas A&M.

"Defensively, I thought we flew around and looked sharp," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "It is good to see those guys come out and play fast. I think that is the fastest we have played on that side of the ball. We made more plays today, created some turnovers and did some good things. I like the way we ran around there. Offensively, we didn't execute as well as we needed to but part of that equation is that our defense really flew around. It was good to see that."

Among the back seven, seniors stepped up for the defense while it was the freshmen on the corners that had a good day.

"Javontay Crowe really had a good day," Dykes said. "He was a guy that made plays it seemed like all over the field. I thought some of our young corners did some good things today. Adairius Barnes made a couple of good plays on some balls in the air and did some good things. IK [Enemkpali] showed up today more than he has been to me. He was in the backfield a lot. Solomon Randle did some good things at linebacker. It was a pretty solid day by those guys."

While the team will begin specific preparations for Texas A&M Tuesday, a lot of the focus will still be on themselves.

"Really, we just need to keep improving," explained Dykes. "The big thing we have to do is keep working on ourselves. We will focus on A&M's schemes a little bit but ultimately we need to keep improving. We need to play faster, we need to make better decisions, we need to be in the right place at the right time and then when we have opportunities to make plays, we have to make them. That is what football is all about. We just need to continue to get better and better every day. Guys are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel."

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Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes

"It was a good day. We got a lot of work done. Defensively, I thought we flew around and looked sharp. It is good to see those guys come out and play fast. I think that is the fastest we have played on that side of the ball. We made more plays today, created some turnovers and did some good things. I like the way we ran around there. Offensively, we didn't execute as well as we needed to but part of that equation is that our defense really flew around. It was good to see that."

On who stood out defensively:

"Javontay Crowe really had a good day. He was a guy that made plays it seemed like all over the field. I thought some of our young corners did some good things today. Adairius Barnes made a couple of good plays on some balls in the air and did some good things. IK [Enemkpali] showed up today more than he has been to me. He was in the backfield a lot. Solomon Randle did some good things at linebacker. It was a pretty solid day by those guys."

On the consistent offensive players:

"We had some guys practice well. Colby [Cameron] wasn't as sharp as he has been but I thought [David] Gru did a good job. He has been a consistent guy since through spring. I thought our running backs looked good. Ray Holley made a lot of plays and Hunter Lee looked good. I thought we did some good things up front but the thing about our offense is all 11 guys need to execute or you are not going to have a good play. We just need to keep improving and make sure all 11 are on the same page."

On the injury situation:

"We are healthy and that is a good thing because we need to be. That was our plan to start camp was to try and be smart. We tested our team, we made sure we practiced hard enough, made sure we conditioned hard enough, made sure it was physical enough - all those things we think we have done and we have managed to keep them healthy. We think we have had a productive camp."

On goal as the team starts preparing for Texas A&M:

"Really, we just need to keep improving. The big thing we have to do is keep working on ourselves. We will focus on A&M's schemes a little bit but ultimately we need to keep improving. We need to play faster, we need to make better decisions, we need to be in the right place at the right time and then when we have opportunities to make plays, we have to make them. That is what football is all about. We just need to continue to get better and better every day. Guys are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel."