Louisiana Tech puts pads on for first time in spring practice - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Louisiana Tech puts pads on for first time in spring practice

Posted: Updated:

[Information provided by Louisiana Tech Athletics]

RUSTON, La. (March 19, 2012) – Louisiana Tech donned pads for the first time in its 2012 spring practice schedule as the Bulldogs practiced for over two hours at Joe Aillet Stadium Monday afternoon.

The offense and defense continued to spar, this time with a heightened sense of physicality as the team wore shoulder pads in addition to their helmets Monday. The NCAA does not allow teams to wear shoulder pads during the first two practices of spring camp.

Offensive Quinton Patton continued to be a vocal and athletic leader on the field while Dave Clark registered a pair of interceptions to lead the defense but it was a pair of younger players that got the attention of the coaching staff.

Wide receiver Jacarri Jackson continued to improve and burned the secondary on a 50-yard touchdown pass. That was just one of the highlights on the day for the rising redshirt junior from Logansport.

"He has been playing with more confidence," head coach Sonny Dykes said of Jackson. "He has always been a good athlete and had good size, I just don't know how confident he has been in his abilities. I think he is getting more and more confident and it just takes a little bit of time for some of those guys to come into their own. Colby [Cameron] went through the same thing. I'm not sure how confident he was as a player and he realized midway through the year last year that ‘Hey, I can do this.' He has been different since then and I think Jacarri is undergoing the same process."

On the defensive side of the ball, IK Enempkali used several explosive plays to get the attention of the coaching staff as he continues to battle for a spot vacated by Christian Lacey.

"It's been good [overall]," said Dykes of the defensive line. "We have to continue to improve our pass rush some. IK [Enemkpali] has done a good job but we need to get a little bigger push from some of the other guys."

The aggressive play of the defense, particularly by some players that didn't receive much playing time in 2011, was another aspect of Monday's practice that was easily noticeable.

"I have been pleased with how the young linebackers have been doing, Rufus [Porter] and Antonio Mitchum have been running around, been active and making plays," Dykes said. "Javontay Crowe is a guy that stuck out today and anytime you put the pads on he sticks out because he is so physical. He did some god things. I think Dave Clark did some good things; he is very much improved at the corner spot."

Tech returns to practice on Wednesday, March 21, for the squad's fourth of 12 practices this spring. Wednesday's practice is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium and is open to the public.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow @LATechPWalsh on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

Quotes

Head Coach Sonny Dykes

"It was a good, competitive first day [in pads]. That has been the thing I have been most pleased with three practices in is the way guys are competing against each other. There are a lot of slots where we have two and three guys competing for a starting spot. That just makes everyone better. I think we're a long way ahead of where we have been. We just have to continue to come out here and focus on details and getting better. We'll obviously clean up a lot of that stuff; we obviously don't have all of our offense or defense in. We just have to continue putting stuff in, learn how to run them and execute."

On rise and fall:

"I thought it was pretty good today. I thought Jacarri Jackson did some good things. He is maturing and playing with more confidence. Our backs have continued to improve and I think they are going to be a strength for us. Ray Holley, Hunter Lee and Tevin King are all going to be solid football players for us I think."

"I have been pleased with how the young linebackers have been doing, Rufus [Porter] and Antonio Mitchum have been running around, been active and making plays. Javontay Crowe is a guy that stuck out today and anytime you put the pads on he sticks out because he is so physical. He did some god things. I think Dave Clark did some good things; he is very much improved at the corner spot."

It's been good [overall]. We have to continue to improve our pass rush some. IK [Enemkpali] has done a good job but we need to get a little bigger push from some of the other guys."

On Oscar Johnson moving to left tackle:

"It's been good. When you move to tackle, you are playing in a bit more space so you have to be better on your technique and there are some things he has to get better at like keeping his hands back a little more. He's a talented kid. We will see how it works it out. I have been pleased with Jens Danielson, a newcomer. He is one where we weren't quite sure what we were getting but he looks like he will be a good player and I have been surprised at how quickly he has picked things up."

On Jacarri Jackson:

"He has been playing with more confidence. He has always been a good athlete and had good size, I just don't know how confident he has been in his abilities. I think he is getting more and more confident and it just takes a little bit of time for some of those guys to come into their own. Colby [Cameron] went through the same thing. I'm not sure how confident he was as a player and he realized midway through the year last year that ‘Hey, I can do this.' He has been different since then and I think Jacarri is undergoing the same process."

  • Evangel's Taylor paving the way at LA Tech

    Evangel's Taylor paving the way at LA Tech

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-08-17 02:17:14 GMT
    He's not that big, he's not that tall but former Evangel Eagle now Louisiana Tech wide receiver Trent Taylor will be the go to guy at receiver for the Bulldogs this season. More >>
    He's not that big, he's not that tall but former Evangel Eagle now Louisiana Tech wide receiver Trent Taylor will be the go to guy at receiver for the Bulldogs this season. More >>
  • Demons finish second scrimmage with a bang

    Demons finish second scrimmage with a bang

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-08-17 02:06:39 GMT
     A sensational leaping catch in the corner of the end zone by a tightly-covered Ed Eagan for a 20-yard touchdown pass from Zach Adkins capped an explosive two-hour, 120-play Northwestern State football scrimmage Saturday morning.More >>
     A sensational leaping catch in the corner of the end zone by a tightly-covered Ed Eagan for a 20-yard touchdown pass from Zach Adkins capped an explosive two-hour, 120-play Northwestern State football scrimmage Saturday morning.More >>
  • SB Mavericks take on newest Cross Lake craze!

    SB Mavericks take on newest Cross Lake craze!

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-08-15 03:24:53 GMT
    Even our very on KSLA Sports reporter Rashad Johnson couldn't resist training the newest water sport that seems to have everyone talking. More >>
    Even our very on KSLA Sports reporter Rashad Johnson couldn't resist training the newest water sport that seems to have everyone talking. More >>
Powered by WorldNow