Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Look At Louisiana Tech

  • Head coach Derek Dooley is 13-12 in two years at Louisiana Tech. His name was thrown around very loosely as a candidate for Auburn's head coaching job.
  • Last season went 8-5 and finished second in the WAC.
  • Returning 9 of 11 starters on offense including all five offensive linemen.
  • Returning 6 of 11 starters on defense including three of their front four.
  • Offense was ranked 75th overall in 2008. Ranked 72nd in scoring, 27th in rushing and 102nd in passing.
  • Defense was ranked 73rd overall. 52nd in scoring, 13th in rushing and 113 in passing.
  • Dooley looks to improve their passing game this season. He is returning starting quarterback Ross Jenkins and wide receiver Phillip Livas, who had 2,015 all purpose yards last season. The Bulldogs were 6-2 last season when Jenkins was under center.
  • If Jenkins were to exit the game, Auburn fans would likely see a familiar face: Steve Ensminger. Ensminger transferred to Tech from Auburn last season, sitting out last year.
  • The star of the offense is senior running back Daniel Porter who is 1,122 yards from becoming Tech's all time leading rusher. Rushed for 1,100 yards last season and was named first team all-WAC.
  • The defensive standout is DT D'Anthony "Boo" Smith. He had five sacks and 65 tackles last season while helping hold rushers to 104 yards a game.
  • Tech's defense through the air has gotten even weaker this season after losing both starting cornerbacks. They averaged allowing 272.7 passing yards per game last season. They return both starting safeties, Deon Young and star free safety Antonio Baker.
  • Linebackers only return one starter, Brian White, who missed much of last season while plagued by injuries.
  • On special teams, Tech has Phillip Livas back returning kicks and punts. He averaged 15 yards per punt return and 25 yards per kickoff return last season.
  • The kicking game is a major question. Tech lost their punter and kicker from last season. Two redshirt freshmen will take over kicking duties, John Hinton and punter Cade Glasgow.

7 comments:

  1. They played two ranked teams last year and scored a total of 3 points. They also lost to Army.

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  2. They also put up 22 points on Miss State and we put up 3 :) just saying...

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  3. I don't see how us 3 on Miss. St. makes La Tech a better team. They still suck regardless of how bad our team was last year.

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  4. Haha I'm just messing with ya dude...I just am not overly optimistic about this game...I don't know what it is...I think we win but I think by a field goal or so...

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  5. Haha I know, I know. I'm just talking a little trash about La Tech. You're not overly optimistic and as you can tell I'm overly optimistic, so I guess that evens things out. Haha

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  6. Depth is usually a major factor in these type of games. Problems is we don't have much. I still say we win by 2+ touchdowns.

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  7. I believe we will pound these fools in the dirt. Tate is gonna run wild and a few of the frosh WR's gets a TD pass each. 42-14 AU

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