Offense Controls Tempo in Saturday's Practice

Aug. 22, 2009

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech practiced for two hours at the Jim Mize Track Facility Saturday afternoon focusing on game situations, particularly with two minutes left in the first half. Following a poor outing Friday night, the offense controlled the tempo in the situational drills during Saturday's practice.

Saturday's practice was the final practice before the next scrimmage, which is scheduled for Sunday evening at Joe Aillet Stadium. Team practices and scrimmages are closed to the public.

"The offense came out with great tempo today and really responded," said head coach Derek Dooley. "That is encouraging. They really took it to the defense. They fought back, came out of it and did a great job. We had a two minute before the half and took it all the way down and scored a touchdown. Now the question is how will they respond? You can't get complacent when you do well and you can't go in the tank when you do poorly, you just need to try to maintain consistency."

Helping the offense control the pace of Saturday's practice, offensive lineman Rob McGill was also put on the Rotary Lombardi Watch list - along with teammate D'Anthony Smith. The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually by Houston's Rotary Club to the nation's top college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. A total of 153 student-athletes are currently on the watch list.

Sunday's scrimmage will focus on game situations with most of the work on facing the last few minutes of the game.

"We have one major scrimmage again tomorrow evening and it will be all situational," explained Dooley. "It is basically the last four minutes of the game. We'll run the play-to-zero situations with the clock reading 3:53 and we're down one, down eight and down 10 or we're up one, up eight or up 10. It's a great opportunity to get a lot of scrimmage plays but they all become a situation at the end of the game."

 

 

"I think you have to practice the end of the game to understand decision making. You're relaxed, you're in command and you're not panicking when the clock is running. It takes a lot of work. I think it pays off. Certainly, you have to have the right kind of players out there and you have to benefit from the practice - just by doing doesn't mean you are benefiting. We spend a lot of time on those last three possessions of the game. If you are a good football team, really almost every game will come down to that."

As the Bulldogs enter the final week of camp, players are still working hard to solidify their spot in the depth chart for 2009. LA Tech opens the season on Sept. 5 at Auburn in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT. One of the few positions set is at quarterback, where Ross Jenkins is the starter. After that, it is up for grabs.

"I don't know who our second quarterback is," Dooley commented. "I wish they would perform better than they have consistently. They have shown flashes [of good] but have not been consistent so I'm not sure where we are on that."

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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