"We can win championships here or I wouldn't have come," Dykes said. "We will throw the football because I believe the spread offense is the great equalizer. In college football, you win and lose with a great quarterback and we will develop that." Dykes certainly comes from a pass first background. Dykes worked with Hal Mumme and Tony Franklin at Kentucky. At Texas Tech, he was the offensive coordinator under Mike Leach.
It's his experience at Texas Tech that will help Dykes be able to recruit Texas and Louisiana for the best athletes.
"It's a tough conference and Boise has certainly elevated the WAC by winning BCS bowl games," Dykes said. "But some of the best players in the country are in Louisiana and Texas, so we have to build the relationships to bring those players here."
Dykes talked about what type of players he would be looking for to fit his system.
"You've got to be able to go out and find guys that can run, that can spread the field offensively and cover the field defensively, because college football is such a unique game," he said. "... We're a spread offense. We're going to throw the football, we're going to play exciting football, so as a result we need guys who can make plays."
Dykes will have playmakers waiting for his at Louisiana Tech. Cruz Williams and Phillip Livas made big, game changing touchdown plays last season. Tim Molton, Lennon Creer, and Ahmad Paige transferred in from SEC teams in order to run in the wide open WAC.
Dykes record at Arizona speaks for itself. The Wildcats were balanced in 2009, ranking 52nd in rushing offense and 48th in passing offense. Dykes was able to adjust his offense to his personal. In 2008, Arizona threw the ball more than 2009. The 2009 Wildcats were 36th in passing offense, 33rd in total offense, and 16th in scoring offense.
Arizona was 16-10 over the last two seasons. The Wildcats were 11-13 combined in 2006 and 2007. Dykes offense is the biggest reason for the improvement. He called his spread offense a great equalizer. Instead of running right into a bigger and faster defernse, Dykes will spread them out and pick them apart.
Like Dykes said on Wednesday, it all starts with the quarterback. Senior Ross Jenkins, sophomore Colby Cameron, and freshman Doak Raulston will all have the oppurtunity this spring to show their new coach that they can run his offense. They will certainly have plenty of athletes to work with and a veteran offensive line to protect them.
The schedule is favorable for a quick start at Louisiana Tech for Coach Dykes. Southern Miss and Navy are two traditionally tough opponents, but they come to Ruston this year. Texas A&M is the only non-conference road game on the schedule so far and Dykes is certainly familiar with the Aggies.
The Bulldog commitments have to be pleased with the choice. Quarterback Taylor Burch and tight end Noah Cheshier will have much more of an oppurtunity in Dykes offense compared to that of Derek Dooley. Playmakers like Carey Fortson, Dominique Sanders, and Gerard Shillow have to be really excited.
Spring football is right around the corner and Coach Dykes can not wait to get on the field. Bulldog fans can hardly wait either. This seems like a really good fit for the school and the coach.