Louisiana Tech to kick off foot­ball prac­tice

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech’s foot­ball team of­fi­cially be­gan prepa­ra­tions for the 2017 sea­son on Sun­day as 100 play­ers re­ported to cam­pus for the start of fall camp.

The Bull­dogs spent Sun­day af­ter­noon check­ing in and han­dling dif­fer­ent ad­min­is­tra­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with re­port day be­fore work be­gins on the field.

“It is an ex­cit­ing time right now get­ting ready for the new sea­son,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “Foot­ball is in the air and ev­ery­one is talk­ing about it. This is one of my fa­vorite times of the year. You’ve got new faces and the de­vel­op­ment of the guys from a year ago, and then you start putting the 2017 foot­ball team to­gether. We have a lot of ques­tions, make no mis­take about it. There are some strengths on this foot­ball team, which I think is part of what is cre­at­ing a lot of ex­cite­ment. With a young foot­ball team, we have some ques­tion marks to an­swer, but that is what Au­gust is all about.

“With the new cal­en­dar the NCAA has put out, we are re­port­ing about a week ear­lier than we ever have, so camp is go­ing to be longer, but we will have one-aday prac­tices for the en­tire camp.”

While Sun­day af­ter­noon and early evening con­sisted of pa­per­work, pho­tos and team meet­ings for the Bull­dogs, the first prac­tice of fall camp will have a dif­fer­ent feel than in years past.

“We are start­ing it a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent this year,” Holtz said. “We are go­ing to get into mid­night mad­ness. Since we are not al­lowed to prac­tice un­til Mon­day, we are go­ing to be­gin prac­tice at 12:01 a.m. in the sta­dium un­der the lights to cre­ate a lit­tle ex­cite­ment and en­ergy.”

Fol­low­ing Mon­day’s mid­night prac­tice, the Bull­dogs will re­turn to the field Tues­day morn­ing to con­tinue the first week of fall camp.

Louisiana Tech fans will have two op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with the 2017 Bull­dog foot­ball team prior to the start of the sea­son as Holtz and Co. will par­tic­i­pate in a pair of fan days.

Holtz and his Bull­dogs will travel to Shreve­port/ Bossier City on Fri­day, Aug. 18 for the Free­dom Fields Fan Fest start­ing at 4:15 p.m. Fans are in­vited to come out to the free event and watch a walk-through prac­tice that be­gins at 4:30 p.m. Fol­low­ing the work­out, the Bull­dog play­ers and coaches will sign au­to­graphs.

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