Head coach Skip Holtz and the Louisiana Tech Football team opened the first of 15 spring practices Friday afternoon in sunshine, while Saturday afternoon was a different story as the Bulldogs practiced for two hours in the rain Saturday morning to close out the weekend.
The Bulldogs return to the field for practice No. 3 Monday, but the Bulldogs were able to weather the storm on Friday and Saturday as the team worked out in shells and completed the first two practice sessions of spring ball.
“It is good to be back out here,” Holtz said following the first practice on Friday afternoon. “It is a great day to come out here and work. I love the retention, the attitude and the effort. We have a young football team. We have a lot of question marks and lot of guys that are eager to get out here and play football. I like the attitude of this team, but we have a long, long way to go to get to where we want to be. We have 15 of these and we just have to get the most out of every day we come out here, whether we are in shorts or pads.”
Several new faces have also been getting their feet wet at the Bulldogs’ first two practices of spring, including some of the latest signees such as Davan Dyer (P), Brady Farlow (K), Randy Hogan (LB) and Kennedy Madison (OL).
Louisiana Tech enters spring practice with holes to fill on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball after losing 10 starters from the 2016 season that saw the Bulldogs post their third straight 9-win season and third consecutive bowl victory.
The Bulldogs will look to replace six starters on offense after the loss the Ryan Higgins (QB), Trent Taylor (WR), Carlos Henderson (WR), Conner Smith (WR), Darrell Brown (OL) and Joseph Brunson (OL). On the opposite side of things, defensive coordinator Blake Baker is tasked with replacing Xavier Woods, Lloyd Grogan and Prince Sam in the secondary, while the Bulldogs also have to fill in for Aaron Brown on the defensive line.
LA Tech will take Sunday off before the Bulldogs are scheduled to return to the practice fields Monday afternoon for the team’s first workout in pads.