Louisiana Tech to kick off football practice
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.