2015 SCHEDULE Southern 15 La Tech 62 La Tech 38 Western Ky 41 9/19 @ K-STATE 9/26 vs FIU 10/3 vs LA-Lafayette 10/10 @ UTSA 10/17 @ Miss State 10/24 vs Middle Tenn 10/30 @ Rice 11/7 vs N Texas 11/21 @ UTEP 11/28 vs Southern Miss

2015 SCHEDULE
Southern 15 La Tech 62
La Tech 38 West Ky 41
9/19 @ K-STATE
9/26 vs FIU
10/3 vs LA-Lafayette
10/10 @ UTSA
10/17 @ Miss State
10/24 vs Middle Tenn
10/30 @ Rice
11/7 vs N Texas
11/21 @ UTEP
11/28 vs Southern Miss

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
1-1 (0-1 Conference USA)

Location:  Rustin, Lousiana
Enrollment:  11,025
Colors:  Blue and Red
Stadium:  Joe Aillet Stadium (27,717)
2014 Record:  9-5 (7-1 / 1st [West])
Postseason:  Heart of Dallas Bowl
La Tech 35, Illinois 18
All time series: K-State leads 2-1
Last meeting: La Tech 7  K-State 40 (11/17/2001)
Last La Tech win: La Tech 31  K-State  28 (10/1/88)
Twitter: @LaTechSports, @LaTechFB
Website: LaTechSports.com

 

 

 

Championships 2 C-USA (2008, 2009)

Championships
2 C-USA (2008, 2009)

Head Coach: Skip Holtz

  • Overall Record (Yrs): 94-75 (15th season)
  • Record at School (Yrs): 12-10 (3rd season)
  • Record vs. K-State: 0-0
  • Salary: $500,000

 

When you share the last name of a coaching legend, you’ve got a good head start into a coaching position. Which is a good thing, because as a player Skip Holtz was… well, Skip Holtz. He walked on at Notre Dame to play for his dad, and mostly played special teams. He never caught a pass, but did rush once. Career stat: 1 yard.

After his stint at Notre Dame he used his familial connection to get a job at Florida State as a grad assistant under Bobby Bowden. He followed that with a season at Colorado State before heading back to South Bend to coach under his father.

After being the wide receivers coach for the Irish for 2 seasons Lou was looking for a new offensive coordinator. He asked Bobby Bowden for permission to talk to Mark Richt, and Bowden said he’d only do it if he could have Skip. What’s a Lou to do? He promoted Skip to OC. He left Notre Dame to take the head coaching job at UConn in 1994. At the time they were 1-AA, and had no intention to move up a level, so Skip rejoined his father in 1998 when Lou took over the job at South Carolina with a clause saying he would succeed Lou as head coach when he retired. Turns out that’s not legally binding. Instead Skip was demoted, and then not retained when Steve Spurrier took over following Lou’s retirement.

Then on to East Carolina… and then a step up to South Florida when Jim Leavitt was fired. A win in 2011 over Notre Dame wasn’t enough to save his job when 3-9 in 2012. He skipped over to La Tech and had a horrible 2013 but bounced back to a very nice season in  year 2, culminating in a first place finish in his Conference USA division and a bowl win over Illinois.

 

Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon (28) runs the ball in the first half of an NCAA college football game on against Western Kentucky, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon (28) runs the ball in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky, on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

Bulldogs Offense

  • Passing Offense: 368.5 yds/game (11th in FBS)
  • Rushing Offense: 215 yds/game (50th in FBS)
  • Scoring Offense: 50 points/game (8th in FBS)

All time rusher

When you talk about the Louisiana Tech offense you begin with Kenneth Dixon. The senior from Strong, Arkansas is already the all time leading rusher for the Bulldogs, and he’s the leading active rusher in all of college football. And yes, he is that good. He’s quick. He finds holes. He’s really tough to bring down. La Tech runs a fairly typical traditional offense, and it begins and ends with Dixon.

First year experienced quarterback

The signal caller is a first year guy at Louisiana Tech, but a quarterback with a ton of experience. Jeff Driskel transferred from Florida where he was a 12 game starter on a team that went 11-2. All in all he was 15-6 as a starter at Florida, but after an injury and a regime change he was the odd man out, and looked for somewhere to land. A lot of power 5 schools had interest but he chose Rustin, Louisiana… for some reason. He’s best in the quick pass game, and they utilize a lot screens to Trent Taylor and Kenneth Dixon. But don’t expect that this is a guy that’s going to be intimidated playing in a big time atmosphere on Saturday. He’s seen that before.

Taylor and Turner

It would be a stretch to say that Louisiana Tech has an intimidating corps of wide receivers, but don’t get it wrong, they have talent. Their go to guy is Trent Taylor, a junior from Shreveport, Louisiana. He’s joined by senior Paul Taylor as the pair to watch for the secondary. So far this season they have a combined 22 receptions for 364 yards, and 4 TDs in the first two games of the season.

linebacker Beau Fitte (Photo: TOM MORRIS/LATechSportsPix.com)

linebacker Beau Fitte
(Photo: TOM MORRIS/LATechSportsPix.com)

Bulldogs Defense

  • Passing defense: 314 yds/game (111th in FBS)
  • Rushing defense: 121.5 yds/game (44th in FBS)
  • Points against: 28 points/game (86th in FBS)

Aggressive, ain’t they?

The La Tech defense was really good in their 2014 campaign. You have to be in order to have the success they found. This year, however, after two games they’re mediocre at best against the run, and statistically terrible against the pass (Part of that, though, comes from a game against a great passing team in Western Kentucky. Small sample sizes can kill you).  They’ll blitz like crazy, and gamble on the interception when they should be going for the tackle. Lesson? They can and will get beat. A lot.

Those linebackers, though…

Keep an eye on #6 Beau Fitte, and #24 Nick Thomason. They’re a pair of senior linebackers waited their turn to get the starting roles, and became the heart of the La Tech defense. They combined for 22 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in their game last week at Western Kentucky.

They put the “special” in special teams

Morgan Burns and Dominique Heath are going to be licking their lips watching film of La Tech’s kick coverage. Mark my words, at least one of them is getting into the end zone in this game. Louisiana Tech gives up great field position against far lesser returners almost every time. If they managed this aspect of the game they probably would have left Bowling Green Thursday night with a win.

No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Year Exp. Hometown (Previous School)
15 Bryson Abraham 5-9 182 CB RS SR 3L Jennings, La. (Jennings HS)
58 Charles Adeola 6-3 258 DE FR HS Slidell, La. (Northshore HS)
47 Darchi Anderson 6-1 243 DE RS SR SQ Shreveport, La. (Captain Shreve HS)
21 Adairius Barnes 5-11 189 CB SR 3L Port Gibson, Miss. (Port Gibson HS)
10 Jonathan Barnes 5-9 168 K RS SO 1L Baton Rouge, La. (Woodlawn HS)
49 Elliot Blankenship 6-0 202 DB SO TR Jonesboro, La. (Missouri Southern)
86 Rhashid Bonnette 6-0 157 WR FR HS Loreauville, La. (Loreauville HS)
94 Jordan Bradford 6-2 280 DT FR HS Bay St. Louis, Miss. (St. Stanislaus HS)
88 Peyton Braswell 6-4 239 TE RS FR RS Monroe, La. (St. Frederick’s HS)
23 Kentrell Brice 5-11 197 S SR 3L Ruston, La. (Ruston HS)
97 Brandon Brinson 6-3 239 DE FR HS Houma, La. (Ellender HS)
98 Aaron Brown 6-1 270 DL RS JR 1L Carrollton, Texas (Creekview HS)
75 Darrell Brown 6-4 315 OL RS JR 2L Abilene, Texas (Cooper HS)
13 Kamal Brown 6-3 190 QB RS SO SQ Lafayette, La. (Comeaux HS)
62 Joseph Brunson 6-4 314 OL RS JR 1L Ruston, La. (Louisiana-Lafayette)
9 Vernon Butler 6-3 316 DT SR 3L Summit, Miss. (North Pike HS)
42 Kollin Caldwell-Watkins 5-8 195 DB RS JR SQ Shreveport, La. (Woodlawn HS)
50 Deldrick Canty 6-2 266 DE SO 1L Baton Rouge, La. (Scotlandville HS)
66 Shane Carpenter 6-6 300 OL RS FR RS Walker, La. (Walker HS)
87 Grant Childress 6-0 188 WR RS JR SQ Tyler, Texas (Grace Community HS)
29 C.J. Cleveland 6-1 215 LB RS SR 2L Shreveport, La. (Arkansas Tech)
2 Secdrick Cooper 6-0 205 S SO 1L Marrero, La. (Archbishop Shaw HS)
22 Jarred Craft 6-0 212 RB SO 1L Haughton, La. (Haughton HS)
65 Stephan Crawford 6-1 326 OL RS SR SQ Baton Rouge, La. (Millsaps)
20 Jaqwis Dancy 5-11 190 RB FR HS Junction City, Ark. (Junction City HS)
77 Jens Danielsen 6-4 290 OL RS SR 2L Wichita, Kan. (Coffeyville CC)
92 La’Dante Davenport 6-3 293 DT FR HS Shreveport, La. (Northwood HS)
28 Kenneth Dixon 5-10 213 RB SR 3L Strong, Ark. (Strong HS)
8 Vontarrius Dora 6-4 262 DE RS SR 3L West Point, Miss. (West Point HS)
6 Jeff Driskel 6-4 231 QB RS SR TR Oviedo, Fla. (Florida)
74 O’Shea Dugas 6-5 330 OL FR HS Lafayette, La. (Northside HS)
89 Dolan Dunigan 6-4 225 WR RS SR HS Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Cedar Valley CC)
40 Roland Dunn 5-10 174 CB SO 1L Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy)
54 Brandon Durman 6-2 226 LB FR HS Tyler, Texas (Tyler Lee HS)
72 Derek Edinburgh, Jr. 6-8 325 OT RS JR SQ New Orleans, La. (LSU)
Gavin Englade 6-0 170 WR FR HS Lutcher, La. (Lutcher HS)
31 Russell Farris 5-11 217 LB SO 1L Ventress, La. (Livonia HS)
45 Jaylon Ferguson 6-5 256 DE RS FR RS St. Francisville, La. (West Feliciana HS)
39 Kyle Fischer 5-11 213 K RS JR 2L Frisco, Texas (Frisco HS)
6 Beau Fitte 6-0 218 LB RS SR 3L Port Sulphur, La. (South Plaquemines HS)
46 Donald Freeman 6-3 207 LB FR HS Baton Rouge, La. (Scotlandville HS)
23 Jay Gafford 5-11 215 RB JR SQ Dallas, Texas (Rockford)
16 Marcus Gaines 5-6 158 WR SO 1L Covington, La. (St. Paul’s HS)
83 Kevin Gary 6-1 183 WR RS SR SQ Snellville, Ga. (Georgia Military College)
44 Josh Gaston 6-3 253 TE SR 1L Olive Branch, Miss. (Northwest Mississippi CC)
59 Hakim Gray 6-3 303 DT RS SO 1L Keachi, La. (North Desoto HS)
27 Tony Griffin 5-11 193 DB JR SQ Shreveport, La. (C.E. Byrd HS)
11 Lloyd Grogan 6-1 212 S RS JR 2L Morgan City, La. (Central Catholic HS)
1 Carlos Henderson 5-11 194 WR RS SO 1L New Orleans, La. (McDonogh 35 HS)
14 Ryan Higgins 6-2 212 QB RS JR 1L Hutto, Texas (Hutto HS)
55 Frasier Hogan 5-10 216 LB RS SO SQ Centreville, Miss. (Mississippi College)
41 Bobby Holley 6-1 224 RB FR HS Farmerville, La. (Union Parish HS)
82 Jonathan Hughes 5-10 201 WR RS FR RS Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)
42 James Jackson 5-11 205 S FR HS Haynesville, La. (Haynesville HS)
91 Cedric Johnson 6-2 304 DT RS FR RS Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett HS)
33 Ricky Jones 6-1 247 TE RS SR 1L Sweeny, Texas (McMurry)
37 Ephraim Kitchen 5-10 170 CB FR HS Batesville, Miss. (South Panola HS)
76 Clayton Landry 6-5 298 OL RS JR SQ Denham Springs, La. (Live Oak HS)
38 Darryl Lewis 5-11 193 DB FR HS New Orleans, La. (Lusher HS)
57 DeVante Lovett 6-6 276 OL FR HS Strong, Ark. (Strong HS)
55 David Mahaffey 6-4 307 OL JR 1L Brandon, Miss. (East Mississippi CC)
79 Cam Manning 6-2 299 OL RS SO SQ Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS)
25 Blake Martin 5-10 196 RB RS SR 3L Lucas, Texas (Lovejoy HS)
17 Andy McAlindon 6-6 226 TE RS SR SQ San Bruno, Calif. (American River JC)
36 Carrington McCallister 5-11 212 LB JR SQ Bedford, Texas (Euless Trinity HS)
63 Deontae McCrady 6-3 307 OL FR HS Arlington, Texas (Lamar HS)
48 Kirkland McCulloch 6-0 178 CB SO SQ Shreveport, La. (C.E. Byrd HS)
80 Kameron McKnight 6-2 225 WR RS FR RS Ethel, La. (East Feliciana HS)
43 Logan McPherson 5-10 178 P JR 2L Fort Payne, Ala. (Fort Payne HS)
26 Thaddaeus Medford 5-10 195 WR RS JR SQ Newbern, Tenn. (Dyer County HS)
4 Michael Mims 5-11 211 LB RS SO 1L West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)
52 Quanta Moore 6-1 227 LB RS FR RS New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr HS)
81 DeJuawn Oliver 5-11 199 WR JR SQ Napoleanville, La. (Assumption HS)
49 Will Parker 6-3 220 P RS FR RS Denison, Texas (Denison HS)
92 David Perez 6-0 245 DE SO TR Miami, Fla. (Ashland University)
96 Tyler Porter 5-11 354 DT RS SR 1L Lafayette, La. (Northside HS)
61 Ethan Reed 6-4 287 OL FR HS Orange, Texas (Little Cypress-Mauriceville HS)
30 Aaron Roberson 5-9 196 CB FR HS Shreveport, La. (Huntington HS)
68 Josh Robinson 6-2 312 OL RS SR 1L Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
70 Michael Rodriguez 6-6 275 OL RS FR RS La Porte, Texas (La Porte HS)
30 Boston Scott 5-6 190 RB RS SO SQ Zachary, La. (Zachary HS)
35 Collin Scott 6-0 228 LB FR HS Houston, Texas (Manvel HS)
18 Sanford Seay 6-2 200 WR RS SR SQ Leesburg, Ga. (Itawamba CC/Georgia)
27 Marlon Seets 5-10 236 RB RS SR 1L Haughton, La. (Alcorn State)
86 Seth Shah 5-11 210 WR RS FR RS Baton Rouge, La. (Clarkview Baptist HS)
28 Gerald Shouse 6-1 199 P RS JR SQ Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy)
85 Alfred Smith 5-9 184 WR FR HS Destrehan, La. (Destrehan HS)
9 Conner Smith 6-3 216 WR RS JR 1L Covington, La. (Fontainebleau HS)
8 J’mar Smith 6-1 223 QB FR HS Meridian, Miss. (Meridian HS)
90 Tyler Spears 6-1 270 DT RS FR RS Winnsboro, La. (Franklin Parish HS)
32 Trey Spencer 5-11 171 CB FR HS Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark HS)
5 Trent Taylor 5-8 180 WR JR 2L Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy)
24 Nick Thomason 6-1 243 LB RS SR 1L Muscle Shoals, Ala. (Northeast Mississippi JC)
53 Darrell Travis 5-11 242 DS RS JR 1L McKinney, Texas (McKinney North HS)
93 Immanuel Turner 6-3 250 DE FR HS Magnolia, Ark. (Magnolia HS)
3 Paul Turner 5-11 196 WR RS SR 1L West Monroe, La. (LSU)
54 Drake Vincent 5-11 215 LB RS FR RS Opelousas, La. (Westminster Christian Academy)
90 Courtney Wallace 6-2 336 DT FR HS Monroe, La. (Neville HS)
56 Dae’Von Washington 5-10 220 LB RS FR RS Alexandria, La. (Alexandria HS)
13 Marlon Watts 6-2 187 WR SO 1L New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS)
51 Dante Williams 6-1 216 LB FR HS Bossier City, La. (Parkway HS)
64 Domonique Williams 6-1 238 DE RS FR TR Gonzales, La. (Louisiana College)
34 Theron Williams 5-10 186 S FR HS New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS)
10 Price Wilson 6-1 223 QB RS FR RS Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS)
73 Kirby Wixson 6-4 306 OL SR 1L Pearl, Miss. (Hinds CC)
19 Alex Woodall 6-3 240 TE RS FR RS Summit, Miss. (McComb HS)
84 Javonte Woodard 6-0 189 WR FR HS Haughton, La. (Haughton HS)
7 Xavier Woods 5-11 203 S JR 2L West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)
95 Matthew Ydarraga 6-3 238 DE RS FR RS Central, La. (Catholic HS)

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