DEREK J. AMAYA
Louisiana Tech fans– 5,700 of them– got a glimpse of what the 2013-14 Bulldog football team might look like at Saturday’s 2013 T-Day Spring Game as the “LA Tech” team defeated the “Bulldogs” team 38-27.
“Overall, today it was a great evaluation day for where we are as a football team and it was a great day to make some individual decisions because we got a lot of plays in today,” said Skip Holtz, head football coach. “We got a lot of gradable film today in order for us to evaluate.”
Both offenses combined for 791 total yards, however, the defense caused five turnovers, two of which went back for touchdowns.
Redshirt junior quarterback Scotty Young hit on 16-of-22 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns.
“I thought Scotty did a nice job,” Holtz said. “He did a good job of protecting the ball today. He did a nice job with the two-minute drive right before halftime with taking the team down the field and putting them in the end zone. I thought he did some really good things today.”
Redshirt freshman Ryan Higgins did not play as well as his competitor. He went 17-for-26 for 191 yards, but threw three interceptions.
“The negative to the day for me was the four turnovers by Ryan and those are the things that will take you out of that running in a hurry, but I thought Scotty really did a nice job of running the offense,” Holtz said.
Coaches will evaluate what they saw on film, but Holtz said the hard part about evaluating the team is the fact the ’Dogs have more than one need.
“I think when I look at it we have to get better at the linebacker position,” Holtz said. “Our secondary did not play as well today as they had in the last couple scrimmages.”
Starting jobs are earned in spring, but Holtz also wants to give the underclassmen an opportunity to prove they are starters.
“You do not inherit a position,” he said. “You do not step in because the guy in front of you graduated. You have to play to a certain level or that position is still going to be open.”
The ’Dogs finished their spring session of practice and met on Tuesday to wrap up everything they wanted to talk about before heading to recruiting.
“We will go straight into junior recruiting at this point, then come off the road at the end of May and get ready for summer camps and at that point start getting ready for fall ball,” Holtz said. “There is not a lot of down time right now.”
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