Tech takes practice fields for 1st time Monday
A day after 99 student-athletes reported for fall camp, Louisiana Tech finally got back on the practice fields for the first time since spring practice ended in April.
The team practiced for two hours Monday afternoon on the Tech Practice Fields in the first practice of fall camp.
Per NCAA rules, the team only was allowed to wear helmets Monday.
Wednesday’s practice — which will be the third session of fall camp — will be the first opportunity to don shoulder pads.
“I like the way the team ran around and the attitude and moral of it right now,” Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said in a news release. “I was really pleased with the way they went out there and worked. Day one is down, and now we have to get through day two and one more installation day tomorrow.”
The Bulldogs’ head coach told the media following practice that the team’s helmets-only practices will be used primarily for installation, while shells (helmets and shoulder pads) and full pads practices will be used for repetition of what has been installed.
Ryan Higgins’ experience gives the redshirt sophomore a natural advantage at the start of camp as he is the only quarterback that was on the roster a year ago.
“I think he naturally has an advantage because he has been here for a year and a half,” Holtz said. “I think the concept of where he is with the offense right now and understanding it and reading it, I think gives him a step up on day one. But when the other quarterbacks have a chance to catch up, that is when we are really going to get a good evaluation of where they all are. Right now, there is a learning curve there (for the newcomers).”
The secondary, with several returning starters from last year’s squad, is one of the most experienced groups on the field and showed it with their level of play during the first practice session.
“When I look at the experience of Bryson Abraham, Adairius Barnes, Le’Vander Liggins, Xavier Woods, Kentrell Brice and Lloyd Grogan — there’s a lot of guys that have played a lot of football that have been back there,” Holtz said. “They are really savvy with what they are doing right now and really comfortable with the defense. They understand it, they’ve played in it, they have experience and they have been successful.
“There is some talent in that secondary, and we didn’t see a plethora of coverages today. It was only a handful of coverages being that it was day one and tomorrow we will have a little bit more and a little bit more. That is where that secondary, with their experience back there and being veterans knowing what we are trying to do, that is where it is really going to start showing up,” Holtz said.