LA Tech Wraps up Fan Day with Second Scrimmage

Aug. 20, 2016

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech capped off its annual fan fest with the team’s second scrimmage of fall camp in front of eager Bulldog supporters Saturday evening at Joe Aillet Stadium.

LA Tech began the day by lining up for its official team photo before the Bulldogs made their way to a packed Thomas Assembly Center to mingle with fans and sign autographs for more than an hour.

The Bulldogs closed out the second week of camp with its second scrimmage, an hour and a half affair that included 104 reps and displayed flashes of improvement on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

“There were good things and bad things on both sides of the ball,” head coach Skip Holtz said following the team’s 15th practice day of fall camp. “We have a long way to go until we are where we want to be. We have to clean some things up. We had some bumps and bruises. Overall, any time you can get a hundred reps; I hate scrimmaging this time of year. You just hold your breath that nobody gets injured, but you can’t have your first live work be at Arkansas. I thought it was a great night and we got a lot of good work in tonight.”

“I was proud of the way we pass protected. Last scrimmage, the quarterbacks were running for their lives. At least in this scrimmage, we had an opportunity to throw the ball a little bit. It was not as much of an evaluation of the offense and defense as it was the individual because this is the depth chart scrimmage. This is where we figure out the 70 we work with.”

Defensively, freshman defensive lineman Willie Baker impressed with a pair of sacks during the scrimmage, while the defensive line as a whole was a bright spot for the Bulldogs Saturday.

“We mixed and matched a lot of players with the one’s and two’s trying to get an evaluation [on the defense],” defensive coordinator Blake Baker said. “Willie [Baker] is coming along. He and Eric Kendzior are both really starting to come along. I love his speed. I love his athleticism. As he continues to learn schemes, he will continue to get better.”

 

 

Redshirt freshman running back Bobby Holly also had a productive night on the opposite side of the football for the Bulldogs as a tailback and at one point enjoyed a 40-plus yard rush.

“Bobby Holly has gotten more reps at tailback because of injuries in camp,” Holtz said. “I think he has impressed some people and I know he can play a fullback role, but I wanted to put the ball under his arm a little bit and see what he was going to do running it in short-yardage situations. I think he is putting himself in the conversation to be able to be a kind of a tailback/fullback type of guy. He catches the ball very well; I think he has one drop in the entire camp. He runs physical, hard and north and south. I thought he was a real pleasant surprise tonight with the way he played when it was live.”

Other impressive displays in the scrimmage came in the form of a 50-plus yard reception by Carlos Henderson from Ryan Higgins, while Boston Scott and Jarred Craft each impressed in the backfield for the Bulldogs.

Louisiana Tech will now take Sunday off from a physical standpoint before return to the field Monday for a two-a-day.

The 2016 season begins Saturday, Sept. 3 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with the Bulldogs taking on the Razorbacks at 3 p.m. on SEC Network. LA Tech's home opener is set for Sept. 10 against South Carolina State at Joe Aillet Stadium.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow Louisiana Tech on social media at @LATechFB (Twitter), /LATechFootball (Facebook) and @LATechFB (Instagram) or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

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