Louisiana Tech Offense Continues to Improve

Louisiana Tech Offense Continues to Improve

Louisiana Tech’s offense may have struggled during the first scrimmage of fall camp but performance gave the team better insight on how close they are to clicking as a unit.
RUSTON, La. (Aug. 20, 2014) – Louisiana Tech’s offense may have struggled during the first scrimmage of fall camp but performance gave the team better insight on how close they are to clicking as a unit.
 
Work to continue building an offensive unit that has several new starters continued as Louisiana Tech entered its final day of two-a-day Wednesday with a morning practice in shorts to be followed by a full pads practice in the evening.
 
“The thing we were really able to see in the scrimmage was that we are one guy away here or there on offense,” Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. “It may be one guy has a missed assignment and turns a guy free. You can see where we have 10 guys doing really well. For the offense, it was an encouraging scrimmage as much as anything because they realize how close they are. I think we have a chance to be a pretty good offensive football team but we just have to continue to get better at some of these little things.”
 
That unit is not only overcoming several new faces but also some of the most highly anticipated newcomers being plagued by bumps and bruises throughout camp to date.
 
“Paul Turner has been off and on in camp [due to injuries], Sanford Seay has been a little banged up and for a lot of the new faces that we have in here, we haven’t had them on the field a lot,” Holtz said of the wide receivers fighting through some minor injuries. “Carlos Henderson has been banged up as well. I think with what we are doing, the play we are having at quarterback and the way the offensive line is protecting the quarterback then we have a chance. We just have to keep getting better.”
 
Additionally, the team has faced another challenge this week as a small flu bug has made its way around the team.
 
“We have a little bug running through the team right now and have a lot of people that have a slight fever but they are just pushing through it, we just have to make sure we continue to hydrate them,” said Holtz. “I really like the attitude and the moral of the team right now and the way we are working. We need to just polish some things up here at the end of camp on both sides of the ball but I think we are getting that as we pay attention to details and we are starting to do some of the little things better.”
 
The team will wrap up camp with a closed scrimmage Friday before breaking camp over the weekend with Oklahoma game week preparations beginning next week.
 
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Head coach Skip Holtz
 
“We had a shorts practice this morning and did about 30 minutes of team pass work against each other. I like the way everybody is working. Going into it, at the beginning there is a lot of excitement and energy, in the middle there it gets a little hard but this third week they have really been pushing through it. There has been a lot of energy at practice and I like the way they are communicating in their calls. We have a little bug running through the team right now and have a lot of people that have a slight fever but they are just pushing through it, we just have to make sure we continue to hydrate them. I really like the attitude and the moral of the team right now and the way we are working. We need to just polish some things up here at the end of camp on both sides of the ball but I think we are getting that as we pay attention to details and we are starting to do some of the little things better.”
 
On the offense:
“The thing we were really able to see in the scrimmage was that we are one guy away here or there on offense. It may be one guy has a missed assignment and turns a guy free. You can see where we have 10 guys doing really well. For the offense, it was an encouraging scrimmage as much as anything because they realize how close they are. I think we have a chance to be a pretty good offensive football team but we just have to continue to get better at some of these little things. That is part of that inexperience that we have talked about and guys being in there for the first time. Offense is about 11 guys with everybody doing their job and doing their assignment. We are getting better at it. I think it is coming. I really like that a couple guys are making plays and made a couple catches down the field this week. It has been nice to see.”
 
On offense developing despite injuries:
“Paul Turner has been off and on in camp, Sanford Seay has been a little banged up and for a lot of the new faces that we have in here, we haven’t had them on the field a lot. Carlos Henderson has been banged up as well. I think with what we are doing, the play we are having at quarterback and the way the offensive line is protecting the quarterback then we have a chance. We just have to keep getting better.”
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