Bulldogs Open Drills Monday

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley welcome 95 players to campus Sunday as the Bulldogs reported one day before opening fall drills.

Dooley and Co. start practice Monday in preparation for the 2008 season opener Aug. 30 at home against Mississippi State.

"It's an exciting time for every program around the country," Dooley said. "It signifies a new season and hope is at an all-time high for success for every team. It's an exciting time for our players. We've had one of the best summers that I've ever been a part of as far as conditioning and workouts. Now we need to take that preparation and focus on improving our skills."

The Bulldogs used Sunday to move into Hutcheson Dorm which is where the entire team will be housed for the next three weeks.

Tech players were also fitted for equipment and participated in two team meetings during the day as they get prepared for the second fall camp under Dooley's leadership, something he said would be beneficial to everyone from the players to the coaches to the support staff.

"Last year we basically started from scratch, implementing a three-week plan to account for every hour of every day," Dooley said. "This year it will be much easier and we will just work out the kinks. We've modified a few things, but for the most part kept most of (the fall schedule) in place. Our players also know what to expect this year and thus there will be a lot less anxiety because of that."

During the first three days of fall camp, the 95 players will be divided as the majority of the upperclassmen will practice during the afternoon while the newcomers will practice in the evenings.

"It's basically coaches two-a-days," Dooley said. "It gives us a good opportunity to evaluate the freshman class. The upper classmen are much farther along (then the newcomers). This allows us to move at a slower pace with the freshmen and evaluate their physical skills. When (newcomers) get confused in the first few days of practice, they don't usually perform as well so we are trying to minimize that by giving them more hands on coaching."

The Bulldogs are hoping to continue the progress made last season when Tech posted a 5-7 mark and entered the final weekend of the season in postseason bowl contention. Season and individual game tickets are on sale. Tech fans can purchase tickets by calling 318-257-3631 or by logging onto www.latechsports.com.

Tech Fan Fest/Media Day Aug. 10

RUSTON - All Louisiana Tech fans are invited to this year's Fan Fest on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center. The event, which also corresponds with Media Day, is free and open to the public and will include plenty of activities for Tech fans both young and old.

Tech fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet this year's Bulldog football players, coaches and administrators during the two-hour event while obtaining autographs and pictures. Members of the Louisiana Tech volleyball and soccer teams will also be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans.

Numerous activities will be available for youngsters, such as games, face painting and more.

Tech merchandise and concessions will also be available.

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