Scouting the WAC: Louisiana Tech

During its' initial season in the WAC, Louisiana Tech took home the conference title last year and bring back a large portion of its' roster for the '02 campaign. This team will contend for league supremacy again and should have a greater impact during next April's draft.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have two outstanding pro-prospects, one a senior and the another from the underclassmen ranks. Tackle Damian Lavergne is big, powerful but also an athletic lineman that easily moves his 6-5/320 pound frame about the field. Quick off the snap, he displays footwork in pass protection and the ability to play in space, all along controlling defenders with a powerful base or a jolt of his arms. Lavergne plays right tackle but has all the tools needed to be moved to the left or blind-side at the next level. He needs to afford more attention to the small details and also must buckle down in the classroom as poor grades could keep him off the field in September (though at posting we've been told Lavergne is rectifying the situation). The other Bulldog prospect is junior signal caller Luke McCown, a focused and consistent quarterback that does a great job leading the team. Reading the defense, McCown makes great decisions in the pocket and his accuracy is right on. Although a tall passer, he does not have classic pocket passer size or a rifle of an arm but should grow into a solid prospect over the next two years and it would be to his advantage to stay in school and mature physically. McCown's number one target is junior DJ Curry, a thinly built receiver with excellent quickness, explosion and a prospect that could be a solid later round choice in '04. Others that will get free agent consideration include ball carrier Joe Smith, a productive interior runner and an adequate receiver out of the backfield.

Defensively, we've like Carlin Thomas since he was a sophomore and played defensive end. Undersized, he has some potential as an outside linebacker and displays a good head for the game, though he may lack the flat out speed to warrant even late round consideration. Opposite Thomas, Curtis Randall is a high revving weak-side player that flies around the action and displays good speed and even better range. Randall needs to do a better job reading or anticipating the action and play more instinctively as opposed to just chasing down the play, but the underlying athleticism is available.

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