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The future of Bulldog football

October 11, 2014

 

JARED KING
Sports Editor

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Much has been made of Louisiana Tech’s 3-3 start on the gridiron. The Bulldogs looked  great against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas University and the University of Texas at El Paso, defeating them all by a combined 104 points.

 

The Bulldogs looked dazed and confused in the season opener against Oklahoma University falling 48-16 but were much more competitive in a 45-17 loss at Auburn University. Somewhere in between was the Northwestern State game.

 

Tech was unable to overcome five turnovers in that one and the Bulldogs lost 30-27.

 

What has been lost in the discussion of each of those games is the impact the freshmen and sophomores have had on both sides of the ball.

 

Sophomore wide receiver Trent Taylor saw significant playing time as a freshman, but has had a breakout season in his second year.

 

Taylor and transfer quarterback Cody Sokol have built a rapport in a short amount of time and Taylor has become Sokol’s top target. Taylor leads the team in receptions with 31, yards with 301 and is second on the team in receiving touchdowns with two.

 

Taylor is not the only underclassman making a big contribution to the offense. Freshman running back Jarred Craft has tallied 33 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Carlos Henderson has proven he has the big-play ability and top end speed to become a starting wide receiver for head coach Skip Holtz. Henderson has 11 receptions in three games for 185 yards and one touchdown. He has also rushed four times for 42 yards.

 

There are young players making a difference on the defensive side of the ball as well.

 

Sophomore safety Xavier Woods has grabbed the second most interceptions in the country with four, including one against ULL that he returned for a touchdown.

 

Freshman linebacker Russell Farris has seen action in five games and has recorded nine tackles, freshman safety Secdrick Cooper has recorded four tackles and freshman Deldrick Canty has recorded multiple tackles for loss and one sack.

 

In total, Tech has fielded seven underclassmen on offense and six on defense.

 

Fans should be excited about the future of Bulldog football.

 

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

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