By T. Scott Boatright
Louisiana Tech’s football team has bolstered its quarterback room with a proven, high-octane arm after former Boise State signal caller Hank Bachmeier announced during a phone interview with ESPN Wednesday that he is transferring to join the Bulldogs football program.
A four-year starter for Boise State, Bachmeier left the Broncos’ football program following their fourth game of the season, soon after a loss to Texas-El Paso and the firing of BSU offensive coordinator Tim Plough.
Bachmeier said playing in an “Air Raid-style” offense for second-year LA Tech head coach Sonny Cumbie, who ran such systems at Texas Tech and TCU before taking over the Bulldogs’ football program, played a big part in his choosing Ruston as his next playing destination.
“I wanted to play in the Air Raid and in a pass-friendly offense,” Bachmeier told ESPN. “I think Coach Cumbie and his track record are a great fit. It’s an offense that any quarterback would want to play in.”
At Boise State, Bachmeier passed for 6,605 yards, 41 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, with his best year coming in 2021 when he threw for 3,079 yards and 20 touchdowns with only eight interceptions.
Bachmeier joins the Bulldogs with two years of remaining eligibility.
Due to the injury bug, Cumbie was forced to play four quarterbacks during his first season at the helm of the LA Tech football program.
Sixth-year senior Parker McNeil, who previously played for Texas Tech, Troy and Navarro, passed for 1,908 yards and 18 touchdowns in eight games for the Bulldogs.
True freshman Landry Lyddy out of Shreveport’s Calvary Baptist, who played in seven games for Tech last season, threw for 767 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Lyddy entered the transfer portal and announced earlier this week that he was transferring to UAB.
Redshirt junior Matthew Downing played in four games for the Bulldogs, accounting for 356 yards through the air with three scores and four interceptions, while sophomore Jack Turner appeared in three contests, totaling 176 passing yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
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