Spring practice underway for football team

March 27, 2014




Louisiana Tech practiced for two hours in full pads at Joe Aillet Stadium Monday afternoon with the defense, particularly the secondary, making several big plays throughout the session.


As has been the case with most of the practices through Monday’s session, the defense has been able to make big plays and that unit continued that into Monday.


“I like what I am seeing right now out of the defense,” Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said. “That back six or seven with the linebackers and secondary has played a lot of football. There is a lot of experience and savvy back there and they are doing a good job.”


The shining spot on the offense through six of 15 practice sessions has been the running back group but that is no surprise as Tevin King and Kenneth Dixon return. Adding to the mix at tailback is Blake Martin, who made a name for himself last fall, and Marlon Seets, who continues to improve.


“I like what they are doing right now,” Holtz said of the running backs. “I think Tevin King is finally at full speed since I have been here since coming off his ACL injury and it shows with the way he is running. Kenneth Dixon is doing a good job as well. But we are a long way from being the unit that we need to be but I do like the attitude and I like the way they are working together out here.”


While the running backs continue to improve on offense, the coaching staff is still looking to get more consistency out of an offensive line group that lost three starters and a quarterback group that continues to look for a reliable starter.


“You look out here and you don’t have a center that has taken a snap in a college football game,” Holtz said on the offensive line and quarterbacks performing as expected with two young groups. “We don’t have the consistency that we need to have.”


LA Tech will practice again this week with a session on Friday.


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