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Post-spring depth chart released

April 30, 2015

 

There are not many things that do not make news in sports today. With networks like ESPN and social media sites like Twitter, sports news has become something of a constant and almost anything — no matter how minute — can make a ripple.

 

And that is why I am analyzing the post-spring depth chart of the Louisiana Tech football team.

 

Many fans want to see what impact spring practices and the spring game have on the depth chart of their favorite teams. Though most of whom know the post-spring depth chart will have little bearing on the starting lineup when August arrives.

 

Regardless, the Bulldogs have released their post-spring depth chart and there are a few surprises.

 

Similar to last spring when Cody Sokol transferred to Tech and was listed as an “or” at the first-string quarterback position with junior Ryan Higgins, this season’s depth chart lists Higgins again as an “or,” this time with transfer quarterback Jeff Driskel.

 

Another position to take notice of is left tackle.

 

Often regarded as the most important position along the offensive line, many thought LSU transfer Derek Edinburgh Jr. would win the job, but Edinburgh has not supplanted senior Jens Danielsen for the starting position yet.

 

Redshirt junior wide receiver Conner Smith saw the field sparingly last season before injuries resulted in his receiving quite a bit of playing time as the season came to a close. Smith’s play at the end of last season coupled with his play in spring practices has earned him a starting position in a loaded wide receiver corps that includes star wide receiver Trent Taylor, LSU transfer Paul Turner and speedster Carlos Henderson.

 

On the defensive side of the football there will be an insurgence of youth that will include sophomore defensive end Deldrick Canty and freshman linebacker Russell Farris.

 

On special teams, there is an “or” listed at both starting kicker and punter positions as neither position group has played well of late. The play of Tech’s special teams has been atrocious and it is becoming evident Tech may have to make a change.

 

Unfortunately, that means choosing between the lesser of two evils.

 

Jared King is a senior journalism major from Jena who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.

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