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Bulldogs prepare for spring game

April 10, 2014

 

HOLTZ

HOLTZ

WILL TRAHAN
Staff Reporter

 

Springtime is in full effect, which means that spring football practice is going on in preparation for the spring game.

 

With some key players leaving from last year’s team, head coach Skip Holtz has some holes to fill.

 

“It has been a really productive spring for what we are trying to get done and polish up,” Holtz said.

 

The Bulldogs had a scrimmage Saturday and have two practices to get what they need in place before the spring game this Saturday.

 

“The challenge of spring ball is we have a lot of guys that will be competing for spots that are not here yet,” Holtz said.

 

Holtz said there are a lot of guys who are stepping up and doing all the little things the right way. There have been some injuries already this spring that have put a damper on some hopes for the spring game, such as the ankle injury Tevin King suffered earlier this spring.

 

“We have to see where we are coming out of Wednesday’s practice to see just how we are going to split the team up for the spring game,” Holtz said.

 

A player who Holtz is high on this spring is sophomore defensive back Xavier Woods.

 

Woods said the defense is looking pretty good in the new scheme that new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has implemented.

 

“In the spring scrimmage, we did pretty good and we are picking up the new defense pretty well,” Woods said.

 

Woods said the difference between last year and this year is the defense is set to attack more and play more north and south.

 

The secondary is the only defensive group that is returning most of its starters from last year.

 

“We plan on leading the team from the back of the defense,” Woods said.

 

The counterpart of this defense is a Tech offense that struggled at times last year and was mostly led by freshman quarterback Ryan Higgins.

 

“Really understanding the offense more is going to help me step up my leadership in the offense next year,” Higgins said.

 

For the second year in a row, the offense line is replacing three starters going into next year.

 

“I plan on helping those guys by leading each person the best way that I can and get them as comfortable as possible,” Higgins said.

 

One thing that Higgins will rely on will be the running game, led by junior running back Kenneth Dixon.

 

“He is an amazing weapon that opens up the field for our receivers,” Higgins said.

 

Higgins says he wants to light the scoreboard up with the offense this year and it starts at the spring game on Saturday.

 

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