March 18, 2010

Notes from spring practice vol. 1

Going into the practice I expected a chaotic mess. Head coach Sonny Dykes made it seem like it could be that way. Well, it wasn't. For the most part everyone knew where they were suppose to be and weren't running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

The offense looked like exactly what I thought it could be, explosive. Earlier I reported, that Tim Molton and Richie Casey weren't going to practice this spring. Man was I wrong and man am I glad I was wrong. Molton and Casey showed their explosiveness early and often. Tightend Eric Harper looks to be ready to make an impact as well. Harper could be that replacement for Dennis Morris we need after Morris' departure due to graduation. Runningback Lennon Creer seemed to be the most explosive running back out there, but he was only one of two along with D.J. Morrow. Myke Compton and Tyrone Duplessis are both hurt and were sidelined. Also among the wounded warriors were, Phillip Livas and R.P. Stuart. At quarterback, all four quarterbacks got pretty equal reps, Steven Ensminger, Doak Raulston, Colby Cameron and Ross Jenkins. Ensminger and Raulston came away from the first practice looking the best. Cameron and Jenkins looked a little hurried and threw many balls at the feet of the receivers. Cameron did look good against the blitz drills.

Dykes had this to say about the team yesterday:"I thought we bounced around, practiced hard and really concentrated well today," Dykes said. "I was really pleased for the first day. It's like I told them [the team], we set the bar high today and we need to keep building on it. We made a lot of mistakes- millions of mistakes - but we'll get those cleaned up. The thing I liked was the effort, I thought it was tremendous. I liked the way we worked and focused. I liked the way we practiced today."

Defensively, the bulldogs look much the same. During 7 on 7 drills Tank Calais and Josh Victorian made some very nice plays on the ball batting the ball away from the receiver. There wasn't much to be seen out of the defensive or offensive lines yesterday.

On the defense: "I thought our defense looked solid," commented Dykes. "They knew what to do and it showed we have some speed on that side of the ball."

The punters worked out and Cade Glasgow still was hitting low line drive punts and an unknown walkon punter was really getting into the ball. The reported punter transfer from Oregon State is still suppose to be coming to Tech. Oregon State is also on the quarter system and their winter quarter ends later than Louisiana Tech's. He could be moving to Ruston as early as next week.

The next practice is Friday at 4PM inside of Joe Aillet Stadium. Friday's practice will pretty much be the same thing. That's the good thing about practicing the way we do - you can do it with pads, with no shoulder pads, with whatever. We can come out and get good work regardless of how we are dressed."

Stay tuned to for more updates from practice.

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