Updated Sep 16, 2005 16:05:59
Bulldogs Change Offensive Gears for Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kansas – After registering the fewest amount of total yards in over a decade in a 41-3 loss to Florida last weekend, Louisiana Tech is planning on switching a few things up when it takes on Kansas Saturday at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
On Tuesday, Tech head coach Jack Bicknell announced that senior Donald Allen would make the start against Kansas, his first start since last September when the New Orleans native took the field against Tennessee.
In that loss to the Vols, Allen suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the next seven games while senior Matt Kubik took the reigns of the Tech offense.
Kubik started the final eight games of the year, but his 4-of-18 showing against Florida last weekend was enough for Bicknell to give Allen the nod. Bicknell did say that Kubik would also see playing time against the Jayhawks.
“We are going to give Donald the start and let Matt come off the bench,” Bicknell said. “Offensively, we didn’t play well last week and that wasn’t Matt’s fault or any one person’s fault. It was a combination of a great Florida defense and us not executing across the board offensively.”
Another move Tech is making to hopefully benefit them offensively is moving offensive coordinator Conroy Hines from the press box down to the field.
“We want Conroy to be able to talk directly to our offense when they come off the field,” Bicknell said. “We will move Shelton Gandy and (graduate assistant) Andy Robinson up to give us more eyes in the coaches booth. We are going to take a look at this and see how it works.”
The move will mark the first time Hines has been on the field since 2000, when Hines was co-offensive coordinator along with the departed Rob Spence.
Kansas will provide stiff competition for Tech as the Jayhawks under head coach Mark Mangino are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Florida Atlantic and Appalachian State.
Although Kansas isn’t one of the household names when one thinks of Big 12 football, Mangino and Co. played in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl. Last year Kansas posted a 4-7 record but lost six games by six points or less including falling in the last seconds to Texas.
Bicknell said there were a number of keys to Saturday’s game for Tech.
“Turnovers,” Bicknell said. “That’s always my No. 1 answer. We also have to contain their special teams because they do a good job with that. Obviously, we also have to make plays on offense.”
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be heard on KXKZ-FM (107.5 in Ruston) and KEEL-AM (710 in Shreveport) with Dave Nitz and Steve Davison calling the action.
The two-hour Tech GameDay pregame show hosted by Sean Fox and Nick White begins at 3 p.m. on KXKZ-FM before Nitz and Davison take over at 5 p.m. The game can also be heard via the Internet at www.z1075fm.com.