Bulldog offense making strides

September 19, 2014


Sports Editor


Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last three weeks, Louisiana Tech football fans should have noticed a huge improvement on the gridiron from a season ago.


Transfer quarterback Cody Sokol has provided competency and leadership at the quarterback position the 2013 squad sorely lacked. The addition of the senior signal caller has given head coach Skip Holtz versatility on offense the team simply did not have last year. 


Of course, Sokol is not the quarterback of the future for the Bulldogs. The Iowa transfer has just one season of eligibility, but Tech fans need not worry because the addition of Sokol has given Holtz the luxury of redshirting freshman quarterback Price Wilson. 


In three games this season, Sokol has thrown nine touchdown passes. To put that in perspective for you, that is one less touchdown pass than Ryan Higgins and Scotty Young accounted for through the air combined last season. 


The quarterback position is not the only spot Holtz has made changes. Holtz is using various formations to give the Bulldogs multiple fronts along the offensive line, including the addition of junior tight end Ricky Jones as a fulback and junior tight end Josh Gaston as an extra blocker and occasional red zone target.


Still, those are not the only changes Holtz has made on the offensive side of the ball. During the offseason, Holtz announced he would be taking over the play calling duties from offensive coordinator Tony Petersen, who had never called plays until last season. To take that one step further, Holtz does not wear a headset on the sidelines to communicate with Petersen, who sits in the press box.


Holtz fancies himself an offensive guru and has been both a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator during his coaching career.


Armed with those facts and having seen the production on the field this season, Louisiana Tech fans should rest assured that Holtz has the Bulldogs headed in the right direction.


Jared King is a senior journalism major from Jena. Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.


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