The end of a great era in Louisiana Tech University football has finally come and a new one is beginning.
The team experienced great success in the Western Athletic Conference but it is time to take the tradition of success into Conference USA.
Entering a new conference is a difficult task as is, however, an entirely new coaching staff and a young team makes it even more difficult.
Given the new conference and the new head coach, I still think Tech will be very successful this upcoming season.
Head coach Skip Holtz has plenty of talented players who will help bring home the wins if he utilizes them correctly.
Sophomore Kenneth Dixon and redshirt freshman Tevin King are sure to be the most dynamic duo of running backs in the conference this year. If they start the season like they did last year, they’re sure to be the most feared as well.
Dixon, who set several NCAA freshman rushing records, had a breakout season and will be the player to watch all season long for the Bulldogs. King was on pace to set a few records himself but his season came to a tragic end in the third game due to an ACL tear. If King can bounce back from his injury and prove himself just as fast and dominant as he was, he will be very beneficial to this offense.
There was also a toss-up at the quarterback position for the Bulldogs during spring practice, but it is most likely that redshirt junior Scotty Young will be the starter when the season opens.
Young is a solid quarterback by all standards and will have a huge impact on Tech’s offense if he stays consistent. He had a little trouble in spring practice with turnovers, but that can be chalked up to lack of time on the field.
The defense will also be another important piece of the puzzle to watch for the Bulldogs. Coming off of a terrible defensive season, the only place for the defensive unit to go is up, and I fully expect that to happen. Defensive coordinator Kim Dameron knows how to run a successful defense and will be great for the program.
Tech will face some very solid teams in C-USA. I expect Tulsa, the 2012 C-USA champions, to be the Bulldogs’ biggest in-conference challenge.
However, Conference USA is filled with talented teams and coaches that cannot be overlooked.
Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism major from Jonesboro. Email comments to ktc...@latech.edu.