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 2010 Spring Schedule
 3/17  LA Tech Pro Day  Recap
 3/17  Practice 1  Recap
 3/19  Practice 2  Recap
 3/20  Practice 3  Recap
 3/22  Practice 4  Recap
 3/24  Practice 5  Recap
 3/26  Practice 6  Recap
 3/27  Practice 7
 Scrimmage #1
 Recap
 3/29  Practice 8  Recap
 3/31  Practice 9  Recap
 4/01  Practice 10
 Scrimmage #2
 Recap
 4/06  Practice 11  Recap
 4/07  Practice 12  Recap
 4/09  Practice 13  Recap
 4/10  Practice 14
 T-DAY SPRING GAME
 Recap
 4/11  Bradshaw-Brooks
 Golf Tournament
 Registration Info
 6 p.m.
 4/12  Bradshaw-Brooks
 Golf Tournament
 Registration Info
 8 a.m.
 4/13  Practice 13  Recap
 All practices at Joe Aillet Stadium unless otherwise noted
 
 2010 Spring Practice Reports
 1  Linebackers
 2  Running Backs
 3  Inside Receivers/Tight Ends
 4  Defensive Line
 5  Special Teams
 6  Cornerbacks
 7  Offensive Line
 8  Safeties
 9  Wide Receivers
 10  Quarterbacks
 
 2010 Schedule | Ticket Info
 09/04  Grambling  @ Shreveport
 09/11  Texas A&M  @ College Station
 09/18  Navy  Joe Aillet Stadium
 09/25  Southern Miss  Joe Aillet Stadium
 10/02  Hawai'i  @ Honolulu
 10/09  Utah State  Joe Aillet Stadium
 10/16  Idaho (HC)  Joe Aillet Stadium
 10/26  Boise State  @ Boise
 11/06  Fresno State  Joe Aillet Stadium
 11/13  New Mexico State  @ Las Cruces
 11/27  San Jose State  @ San Jose
 12/4  Nevada  Joe Aillet Stadium
 
History & Traditions

The Spirit of '88

At the south end of Joe Aillet Stadium stands a bronze Bulldog statue named the Spirit of '88. The statue commemorates the 1988 Bulldog football team which blazed the path into Division I-A football for Louisiana Tech.

That 1988 team had to endure one of the most difficult schedules in school history while playing with only 65 scholarships - the allotted amount for Division I-AA teams. In what was the nation's 11th toughest schedule that year, the Bulldogs faced five I-A bowl teams including Houston, Florida State and Texas A&M.

The results were as expected: losses like 60-0, 56-17 and 66-3 ... but as a team, the Bulldogs grew. Those experiences likely played a key role in Tech finishing 5-4-1 the following year, its first in Division I-A, and then 8-3-1 in 1990 and an Independence Bowl berth.

The statue, which every Bulldog player touches as he walks down the ramp before every home game, has also brought good fortune to the Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium. On Oct. 14, 1989, when it was unveiled, Tech proceeded to pummel a highly respected Northern Illinois team by the score of 42-21. That was just the start of one of the best runs in Tech football history.

2010 Spring Football
  Wednesday, April 14

Well, sadly spring practice has come to a close and that means we're about to shut down the 2010 Spring Practice Central here at LATechSports.com. We hope you enjoyed reading the periodic updates and found it easy to keep track of all the great headlines that Louisiana Tech is generating by our Bulldogs in the News links. As a closing gift, we've included two final links for you to read.

Thanks for reading and Go Bulldogs!

  Bulldogs in the News - Wednesday, April 14

Former QB Bradshaw played role in La. Tech hire - ESPN.com
LA Tech got a key assist in coaching search from Jimmy Johnson - Monroe News-Star

  Bulldogs in the News - Tuesday, April 13

Terry Bradshaw Discusses Jimmy Johnson's Involvement in Louisiana Tech Coaching Search - LATechSports.com
Louisiana Tech Spring Practice Report: Quarterbacks - LATechSports.com

  Bulldogs in the News - Monday, April 12

Offense and Defense Play to 44-44 Tie in 2010 T-Day Spring Game - LATechSports.com
A day in the life of Louisiana Tech safety Calais - Monroe News-Star
Tech players still in competition at conclusion of spring game - Monroe News-Star
Louisiana products shine in spring for LA Tech - NewOrleans.com
La. Tech to display new offense today - Shreveport Times
LA Tech's quarterback competition truly is friendly - Monroe News-Star

  Monday, April 12

What a great T-Day Spring Game! I'd like to thank all of the fans that came out and made it such a great experience for everyone involved! We had a great game with some exciting plays to watch. We had an awesome crowd (as usual for Bulldog football games). The Kid Zone was a blast and the weather was beautiful. LA Tech is starting to show the arsenal of weapons it has in its pocket for this coming fall.

If the T-Day Spring Game wasn't enough for you, don't forget that the team has one final practice this spring coming up on Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. It will be your last chance to watch Bulldog Football until August. The players and coaches have been working incredibly hard and we hope you can make it out to Joe Aillet Stadium one final time this spring to support the team.

  Bulldogs in the News - Friday, April 9

Tech QB decision up in the air - Shreveport Times
Louisiana Tech Spring Practice Report: Wide Receivers - LATechSports.com

  Thursday, April 8 - Part II

If you've followed LATechSports.com today, then you have probably already seen the spring practice report on the safeties that featured some quotes by defensive coordinator Tommy Spangler. Any true Bulldog fan out there knows that Coach Spangler is a great coach and just as good as a quote machine. That being said, here's the main transcript of the chat that LATechSports.com had with Coach Spangler in preparing the spring practice report on the safeties. There's too much for one story out there but also too much good stuff to not get posted anywhere. Enjoy!

  Thursday, April 8 - Part I

We're getting close to the end of spring practice and you know what that means - the annual T-Day Spring Game is almost here! Coach Dykes announced the format of this year's game today as the coaches and players are getting ready to face off on Saturday. Just a little insight to the different format this year - with so many injuries still around (many of them remaining from the fall), the coaches weren't able to field a full game this year. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt and right now the coaches are trying to prevent any more injuries from occurring.

That being said, the coaches and players are still very excited for Saturday's T-Day Spring Game at Joe Aillet Stadium. Will you be there?

  Bulldogs in the News - Thursday, April 8

Tech opens doors at spring practice - Shreveport Times

  Bulldogs in the News - Wednesday, April 7

Catching up on some Bulldogs in the News links from the long weekend break...
Tech receivers get more complex roles with new coaching staff - Monroe News-Star
Tech QB competition will likely come down to Jenkins and Ensminger - Monroe News-Star
Tech heads into final week of spring drills - Shreveport Times
Hard hits delivered in Tech spring scrimmage - Monroe News-Star
Louisiana Tech Spring Practice Report: Offensive Line - LATechSports.com

  Tuesday, April 6

We're back from Easter break! The team and coaches got a much-welcomed respite from the grind of spring practice and the long weekend with Friday and Monday off. One quick change to today's schedule - practice will be at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium and not at 4 p.m.

  Thursday, April 1

Want to find out which walk-on is wearing what number? The LA Tech Media Relations office has updated the Spring Football Central page's printable roster to include the walk-ons that are currently on the team. Released on April 1, this roster is no joke! It has the most up-to-date listing of all the players participating in spring practice.

  Wednesday, March 31

TIME CHANGE! Make sure you mark the time change in your calendars for the second scrimmage of the spring. Originally scheduled for an 8 p.m. start on Thursday, April 1, the Bulldogs will now have a shortened practice session at 6 p.m. and the scrimmage will follow (at approximately 7 p.m.).

Remember Bulldog fans, all practices and scrimmages are open to the public and Coach Dykes wants to see the stands fill up with everyone supporting the team! We'll see you out there tomorrow evening!

  Bulldogs in the News - Wednesday, March 31

Jenkins, Ensminger emerge at QB for La. Tech - ESPN.com
Louisiana Tech Spring Practice Report: Special Teams - LATechSports.com

  Tuesday, March 30

Can you believe spring practice is already more than half over?! It seems like the first eight practices have gone by in a flash! And that's about the rate of speed our offense is going at these days. The players are starting to buy into the system and the open depth chart is having everyone challenging each other to perform at a higher level and that is helping everyone improve across the board. If this keeps up, Tech fans may be petitioning the NCAA to start the season early just to see more football! The good thing is that after spring practice concludes fans can start getting excited for fall camp, which will also be open to the public.

As spring practice progresses, coaches are starting to get more familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the players and finding which pieces best fit where to put a winning product on the field. We've had walk-ons come on and make a difference and have even had some position changes, such as Rob McGill back to left tackle and Cruz Williams to inside receiver.

It's an exciting time to be a Bulldog! I hope you'll take a moment to look at the Bulldogs in the News links below. One of the links includes information on how LTAC Members and Season Ticket holders can watch the Port City Classic against Grambling in style by taking advantage of club seating opportunities at Independence Stadium. What a great way to watch the Sonny Dykes era begin than in the comfort of club seating at Independence Stadium!

  Bulldogs in the News - Tuesday, March 30

Club Seating Available for LTAC Members and Season Ticket Holders for the Port City Classic - LATechSports.com
LA Tech offense at work on new 'concepts' - Monroe News-Star
Opportunity is the keyword for returning non-starters and walk-ons - BleedTechBlue.com

  Monday, March 29

Another good spring practice is in the books and we've crossed the halfway mark of the 2010 spring practice schedule. One schedule note to make sure you are aware of and that is a change for Thursday. Rather than have just a scrimmage, the team will practice for approximately an hour beginning at 6 p.m. and then will have a live scrimmage following that, likely to begin around 7-7:15 p.m.

  Bulldogs in the News - Monday, March 29

'Dogs: Work in progress - Ruston Daily Leader
Louisiana Tech Spring Practice Report: Defensive Line - LATechSports.com
TECH'S TWIST: Surprising faces highlight first spring scrimmage - Monroe News-Star
Ensminger sharp for Tech - Ruston Daily Leader
Dykes introduces tennis ball drill to Tech receivers - Monroe News-Star
Former West Monroe, Tech coach did not recognize LSU - Monroe News-Star

  Friday, March 26

It's almost scrimmage time! I know Bulldog fans everywhere are excited for the first scrimmage of the spring to take place tomorrow (10 a.m., Joe Aillet Stadium, BE THERE!). In gearing up for Saturday's scrimmage, be prepared for a shorter workout on Friday afternoon (4 p.m., Joe Aillet Stadium, BE THERE!). With Friday's practice possibly lasing under two hours, Tech fans can kill two birds with one stone by going to football practice then crossing West Alabama to watch the Lady Techster softball team open up the WAC schedule by hosting Utah State at 6 p.m. A win-win for Tech fans!

If you haven't read the Shreveport Times article about tennis balls being used during practice, check out the link below. Sonny Dykes continues to bring new and innovative practice techniques to Louisiana Tech to make the Bulldogs a winner!

Another thing new for fans is the 2010 spring football media guide. While not as extensive and comprehensive as the main football media guide, this provides just a quick update to those craving football stats, facts, figures and information.

  Bulldogs in the News - Friday, March 26

Tennis balls help Tech receivers - Shreveport Times

  Bulldogs in the News - Wednesday, March 24

Tech running backs out to prove they belong in Dykes' spread offense - Monroe News-Star

  Tuesday, March 23

As the Louisiana Tech football team works through its first spring practice season with new head coach Sonny Dykes, LATechSports.com will be taking a look at the progress of various positions on the team. Second in this series of installments is a look at the running backs and new coach Pierre Ingram.

Preview:
The 2010 season will be one with a completely different look for the running backs. Departed coach Derek Dooley focused his offense around running backs and tight ends while new head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin bring a spread attack that has the opportunity to feature a lot of passing in a no-huddle, attacking style of play.

The tailbacks featured one prominent player last year as Daniel Porter ran for the school's all-time rushing mark and a pair of freshmen in Tyrone Duplessis and D.J. Morrow teamed up with Myke Compton to take most of the rest of the carries. Fast forward to this spring and the Bulldogs have Tennessee-transfer Lennon Creer eligible along with Morrow, fullback Roosevelt Falls and wide receiver-turned-running back Lyle Fitte with Compton and Duplessis recovering from late season injuries.

The challenge, as issued by new running backs coach Pierre Ingram, is for the running backs is to show Dykes and Franklin that their talent level cannot be ignored when the ball is snapped this season... Read more

  Bulldogs in the News - Tuesday, March 23

Three-point stance - ESPN.com

  Bulldogs in the News - Monday, March 22

La. Tech's Jenkins misses practice, back this week - ESPN.com
The New Era! - CollegeFootballDad.blogspot.com
(Yes, I know I've posted the College Football Dad blog before, but make sure you read it. Very interesting insight into the mind of a parent.)

  Sunday, March 21

As the Louisiana Tech football team works through its first spring practice season with new head coach Sonny Dykes, LATechSports.com will be taking a look at the progress of various positions on the team. First on the docket is a look at the linebacker corps, led by new linebackers coach Jeff Koonz.

Preview:
When the 2009 season came to a close, the Bulldog linebacker corps finished the season possibly the most experienced and most banged up group on the team. Closing the season with only four healthy linebackers, everyone at the position that did not receive a redshirt got a chance to make plays in 2009.

Entering the 2010 season, Louisiana Tech only loses two players at linebacker from last year and returns a young, energetic and experienced squad looking to lead the defense.

Last year, the linebackers were led by the play of then-sophomore Adrien Cole who led the team with 93 total tackles and recorded four tackles for a loss of 31 yards. Cole also forced two fumbles and two sacks in 11 games played. Fellow linebacker Jay Dudley was third on the team with 75 tackles and also recorded four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, registering 2.5 sacks and stood out with his 15-tackle day at Utah State on Oct. 24. Dudley also recorded 10-plus tackles in the final two games of the season... Read more

  Bulldogs in the News - Sunday, March 21

Don't lose sight of Louisiana Tech DT Smith - NFL Blogs

  Saturday, March 20

It pays to be a dedicated fan! That showed Saturday when members of the Regal Blues walked around Joe Aillet Stadium, giving away free pizza and Powerade courtesy of Sonny Dykes and the football program. Sonny mention in the post-practice talk with the media that it was just a way to say thank you to the fans that were able to come out and support the team. Spring Football Photo Gallery from Practice #3

  Friday, March 19

What a perfect day for football! I hope everyone can make it out to Joe Aillet Stadium today at 4 p.m. for Louisiana Tech's second practice of the spring season. With temperatures in the 70s and the sun shining, it's a perfect day to leave work early, come out to the stadium and watch a little football. And if that doesn't give you enough Bulldog sports to take in on a gorgeous Friday afternoon/evening, Tech's baseball team takes on Southern Miss at J.C. Love Field at 6 p.m. After the basketball team's win over Southern Miss last night, let's keep the winning streak against USM going!

Be on the lookout at LATechSports.com for another practice report coming this evening.

  Bulldogs in the News - Friday, March 19

Spring football: LA Tech, Dykes begin to iron out the wrinkles - Monroe News-Star

  Bulldogs in the News - Thursday, March 18

Louisiana Tech begins to install non-huddle offense - ESPN.com
Spring football: Dykes begins first practices at LA Tech - Monroe News-Star

  Thursday, March 18

Well, the first day is in the books and if you didn't get a chance to get out to watch the Bulldogs practice, make sure you plan to come out soon! It is a lot of fun to watch and just a quick glance at all the action in practice tells you that the 2010 season is going to be an exciting year to watch Bulldog Football!

Wednesday was a busy day with Tech's Pro Day taking place at 10 a.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium. We had representatives from all 32 NFL franchises! That is a very impressive note as Louisiana Tech continues to churn out NFL-quality players. Make sure you check out the recap of Tech's Pro Day, linked in yesterday's Bulldogs in the News links. Also in yesterday's links is the recap from the first spring practice, which also has quotes from head coach Sonny Dykes and a photo gallery.

  Bulldogs in the News - Wednesday, March 17
Breaking down the WAC schedules - ESPN.com
Bulldogs Wrap Up First Spring Practice Wednesday Afternoon - LATechSports.com
Spring Football Practice #1 Photo Gallery
Louisiana Tech Has 11 Players Work Out at Pro Day for All 32 NFL Franchises - LATechSports.com
Louisiana Tech opens spring drills - Shreveport Times
LA Tech's Dykes snags gem in offensive coordinator - Monroe News-Star

  Tuesday, March 16

Take a seat! For everyone planning on coming out to spring practice, head coach Sonny Dykes has had equipment manager Jeff Springer and Director of Facilities Tommy Sisemore put three groups of bleachers out at the practice fields for fans to sit on. So come on down to watch! Please know that throughout spring practice, even though all practices are open to the public, all fans must remind in the stands (when in the stadium) and in the provided bleacher seating area (at the practice fields) at all times.

We can't wait to see you out there!

  Bulldogs in the News - Tuesday, March 16

Louisiana Tech Names Pierre Ingram Running Backs Coach - LATechSports.com
The New Era! - CollegeFootballDad.blogspot.com

  Monday, March 15

It's a busy week here in Ruston with just about every winter and spring sport competing in or around town this week. But one of the most exciting things is that the smell of football is in the air. The Bulldogs begin their spring workouts on Wednesday with the first practice getting underway at 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium. A reminder to all of you Bulldog fans out there, spring practice is OPEN to the public. The first three practices will be held at the stadium and the West Side Gates will be open for everyone wishing to come out and watch. All fans are asked to remain in the stadium's seating bowl before, during and after practice.

That's right, we want you to be safe and in the stands. Please do not feed the animals and keep your arms and legs inside the car (or stadium bleachers in this case) at all times. That being said, Coach Dykes is excited about seeing all of your faces watching as spring practice gets underway.

  Bulldogs in the News - Monday, March 15

Spring football: Defense a strong point now at LA Tech - Monroe News-Star
Louisiana Tech Finalizes 2010 Football Schedule - LATechSports.com
Tech football looking for impact players on defense - Monroe News-Star
WAC releases ESPN schedule - ESPN.com
Spring Football Starts Wednesday at LA Tech - HereCometheDawgs.com
Tech wide receivers get medical redshirts - BleedTechBlue.com

  Friday, March 12

We have a printable spring roster for all of the Bulldog fans dying for some information as spring practice gets ready to begin. Fans can download and/or print Louisiana Tech's 2010 Spring Football Roster.

  Catching Up on Bulldogs in the News

We're hoping to keep you updated on all the stories surrounding Louisiana Tech in the local, regional and national media. Here's a quick catch-up of some recent stories.
La Tech's defense has some familiar and some not so familiar faces - BleedTechBlue.com
Dykes' first spring football brings new faces and new ways - BleedTechBlue.com
LA Tech coordinator brings 'simple' offense - Shreveport Times
LA Tech completes 2010 nonconference schedule - ESPN.com
Fans celebrate news that Grambling, LA Tech will meet on gridiron - Monroe News-Star
Top non-AQ wide receiver transfers - ESPN.com
Top non-AQ running back transfers - ESPN.com
Franklin's ready to settle down at Louisiana Tech - ESPN.com
What to watch in the WAC this spring - ESPN.com
Non-AQ spring surprises - ESPN.com

  Wednesday, March 9

The two early football enrollees received their jersey numbers today. Both will participate in spring practice with the Bulldogs which begins March 17.

DB Justin Goodman (Houston, Texas) - Jersey No. 25
DL Josh Tillman (Meadeville, Miss.) - Jersey No. 98
 
LATechSports.com  Daily Coverage

LATechSports.com provides exclusive, daily spring practice coverage direct from Ruston. Coverage begins with the first practice on Wednesday, March 17. Louisiana Tech's 2010 T-Day Spring Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, at noon as a part of a big day of events on Tech's campus that includes a baseball doubleheader, a softball doubleheader and The Big Event for LA Tech students.