Saturday morning at Joe Aillet Stadium served as a final rehearsal for Skip Holtz and the Louisiana Tech Bulldog football team.
With the 2021 season opener at Mississippi State less than a week away, Holtz and the Tech coaching staff utilized the opportunity to work on a number of areas despite not conducting a true game-like scrimmage.
“We have a couple of positions we are low on numbers as far as injury standpoint. Outside wide receiver and at linebacker we just aren’t as deep right now with injuries,” said Holtz. “So I ended up not going live this morning. I just couldn’t afford to lose another player at one of those positions. We just went team thud and really just simulate game day.
“We have so many new faces and so many new coaches that haven’t been through it. I wanted to go through pregame. We got coaches in the box. We are signaling in calls. Going gameday mechanics for everything. From a staff stand point it was really productive. And from a team standpoint in that we got a lot of those logistical things done in a game-like situation. It was productive.”
Holtz has yet to announce the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs, something the ninth-year Tech boss said he would do later in the week. However, during Saturday’s scrimmage, the Bulldogs looked a little lethargic on both sides of the football.
“I thought the play on the field looked like it was the last day of camp,” said Holtz. “These guys have been going non-stop almost every day for over three weeks. The scrimmage didn’t quite have the energy I would have like for it to have. There were some good things and some bad things. It was certainly a great teaching opportunity to show how drops, turnovers, penalties affect a football game. It was a good lesson for us to learn. It will be a good teaching tape for us to show when we come back on Sunday.”
Tech is coming off a 5-5 record and a seventh straight bowl appearance during the COVID-19 challenging 2020 campaign. The Bulldogs roster boasts more than 20 DI transfers and plenty of experience, something Holtz said provides Tech plenty of depth.
“One of the criteria we had for bringing in (transfers) was they had to have playing time (at their previous school),” said Holtz. “I didn’t want a guy who wasn’t playing somewhere who thought he was just going to transfer into a playing position. You look at our secondary, we have three guys who transferred from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt and have all played at that level. We just have much more experience than we’ve had in the past.”
Saturday’s opener in Starkville is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff and the game will be televised live on ESPNU. Tech fans can hear the contest on the LA Tech Sports Radio Network on 107.5 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:30 p.m. Malcolm Butler and Teddy Allen will provide the call of the game.
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