Defense Shines in Evening Practice as Two-a-Days Continue at Louisiana Tech

Aug. 21, 2009

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech hit the gridiron for another two-a-day practice schedule Friday with a physical morning practice focusing on fundamentals and an evening session working on specific situations.

The Bulldogs are continuing preparations for the 2009 season and are entering their final week of preseason camp. The defense shined in the evening practice at Joe Aillet Stadium while the offense struggled in key situations.

"Today was a perfect example in college athletics of the fine line between success and embarrassment," said head coach Derek Dooley. "When one side of the ball comes ready to practice with a purpose and the other side just shows up, you see a total domination. You see it every week on Saturday when one team is ready to play, mentally, and the other team isn't ready to play, mentally."

"Tonight the defense did a phenomenal job, especially in third down situations, creating pressure on the quarterback and creating turnovers," Dooley explained. "The offense, in the scrimmage, converted over 60 percent of the third down situations and at tonight's practice, they don't convert one. It's a great lesson in who is ready to play."

The morning practice, held at the Jim Mize Track Facility, was focused on fundamentals.

"We had a good, physical practice this morning," Dooley said. "We just finished our first major scrimmage and I think it is important to identify two things that we can work on, fundamentally, to be a better football player and one thing that we can work on to become a better teammate, to affect someone else to be a better player."

"We'll pick three things the next few days. We will try to find two things that you do to work on and focus on to become a fundamentally better football player. And we will pick one thing you can do to positively affect another teammate's performance. I think it is important to keep a short-term focus; otherwise, you let the grind of training camp wear you down mentally."

 

 

With the divergence in performances at the evening practice, both squads came away with positive lessons from themselves and each other.

"You always have to learn that if you did poorly, you need to learn from it and not let it happen again," Dooley explained. "If you did well, you can't get complacent and you have to do it again. The key is consistency in performance and that is not easy to do. It's human nature to do well and get relieved; do poorly and you respond with your backs to the wall."

The team returns to the fields Saturday for a practice before Sunday holding another scrimmage on Sunday. All preseason workouts and scrimmages are closed to the public.

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 nbrostek@latech.edu.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

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