Updated Aug 21, 2006 14:06:11
Griffin Returns to Practice
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech running backs coach Shelton Gandy probably felt a little crowded Monday morning at the Bulldogs practice as his corps of tailbacks grew by two during the 75-minute workout.
Gandy saw the return of true freshman William Griffin and junior Freddie Franklin to the Bulldog backfield joining Patrick Jackson, Myke Compton and Daniel Porter.
Griffin, who had missed almost two weeks with an injury, was back but not at full strength according to Tech trainer Bob Burns.
“I didn’t put any limitations on him,” Burns said. “I just told him to be smart.”
Bulldog head coach Jack Bicknell said he was pleased with Griffin’s return but wasn’t getting overly excited yet, saying that he still had to progress quite a bit to be ready for the Sept. 2 opener against Nebraska.
“Yeah, he was back but I’m not sure how much he really did,” Bicknell said. “I’m anxious to get him back at full speed.”
Franklin, who was Tech’s second leading ground gainer a year ago, was moved from wide receiver back to running back Monday, after working the first two weeks at practice with the wideouts.
Bicknell said Franklin was impressive at wide receiver and would see playing time there during the season but would also see action at tailback for the Bulldogs.
“This was a move we knew we would make,” Bicknell said. “Freddie will play for us some at both positions during the year. He showed us a lot over the last two weeks. He’ll probably continue to work some with the wide receivers leading up to the opener.”