Back to Work for the Dawgs

Louisiana Tech will try to get back on track this weekend against Nicholls State. The offense will be the focus as the Bulldogs look to get the running game going.

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Derek Dooley has said all along that his goal is to improve every week.

Dooley felt like the Bulldogs played better against Navy. "I felt our team dynamic was a lot better today," Dooley said. "There were a lot more guys supporting each other and playing hard. We need to build on that, find out what the problems were and correct them for next week."

In both the Auburn and Navy games, the passing game looked strong early. Ross Jenkins started 10 of 10 against Auburn. Against Navy, he was 6 of 7 and marched the team down the field in clockwork fashion for an opening drive touchdown.

After Phillip Livas returned a Navy punt 85 yards to put Tech up 14-0, all of the momentum went to Navy. The Bulldogs defense played well for three quarters, but could not hold on after being on the field for over 2/3 of the game.

On the offensive side of the ball, Louisiana Tech again had problems getting the run game going. Perhaps they had so much success early throwing the ball, they were hesitant to go away from the pass. Whatever the case may be, the run game was shut down for the second straight week.

Again, like Coach Dooley says; if you can't stop the run on defense and run the ball on offense, you are not going to win.

The Bulldogs will try to run the ball often against Nicholls State. It starts up front with the offensive line. Tech had a big size advantage up front against Navy and the same can be said this week. The veteran line for the Dawgs has to dominate against Nicholls. It would be good to get Daniel Porter going and it would also be good to get his young backups some vauable reps.

Dennis Morris, R.P. Stuart, and Houston Tuminello have stepped up as targets for Ross Jenkins. Against Nicholls, he has to work on getting the ball out quicker and putting the ball where his targets can make plays after the catch.

Cruz Williams has not been a factor. He hasn't been thrown to much and when he has, the ball has not made it to him. Williams has the ability to stretch things out for the rest of the team to operate.

Philip Livas must get his hands on the ball more than two times on offense for Tech to be successful. Look for a heavy dose of Livas this week and in the next game against Hawaii.

D'Anthony Smith and Antonio Baker played great against Navy. Adrien Cole had another solid performance in the middle. It was good to see Jay Dudley and Brian White both making plays at outside linebacker. The defense will be okay after facing two of their toughest tests on the schedule so early.

Tech fans need to come out and support the team. It's way to early in the season to give up. The next six games are the critical part of the schedule. No one wants to be under .500 going into the Boise game and I do not belive that is going to happen.

Louisiana Tech will regroup. Coach Dooley and Ross Jenkins got the team on a roll last year after the Army loss. This Navy game is the same kind of wake up call needed to get the Dawgs on another winning streak.


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