August 17, 2010

La Tech practice #9 notes

The Louisiana Tech offense is search for some consistency. One thing Steven Ensminger has not struggled with is turning the ball over, until last night. Sonny Dykes said, "we had a few nights where we didn't turn the ball over at all and tonight we turned it over two or three times." Tonight some of those turnovers came from wide receivers missing their routes and not fighting for the ball. Ensminger admitted to making some mistakes and will clear those up.

Ensminger said that defensive coaches and players are pulling him aside before practice and telling him they believe in him as their leader and that they know he can carry the team. Being a coach's son has something to do with that. Ensminger's father, Steve Ensminger is the tight ends coach at LSU. Steven said he called his dad the night coach Dykes told him he was going to be the starter. His dad's response was more like a coach than a dad, "get to work."

Ross Jenkins and Ensminger are roommates, I asked him how him beating Jenkins out has changed their relationship. Jenkins told Ensminger this after they both found out Steven would be the starter, "Look Steve, you've worked hard, you've deserve it. I'm going to do whatever I can to help." As coach Dykes said when talking to him, this is one of the few places in the country where the quarterbacks room is full of guys who genuinely like one another. He said, it is truly "rare" for this to happen.

Kendrick James was absent from practice tonight. Dykes said he had some family issues to attend to but will be back.

The wide receivers at Tech range from walk-ons Andre Guillot, David Gru, and Corneilious Nickleson to SEC transfers Tim Molton and Ahmad Paige. What makes this even more interesting is the fact they all compete and make one another better whether they are walk-ons or former three or four star high school players.

Molton is beginning to "buy into" what the offense is trying to do as Ensminger said. Dykes said this of Molton and Paige, "they [Molton and Paige] are becoming more comfortable coming off not playing last year. It takes a little bit of time to get back to playing at that fast pace, and they are getting back. The biggest thing they have to do now is learn to be good receivers. Being a good receiver is being consistent day in and day out."

Dykes is happy with the offensive lines play and says that it is important to have versatile guys like Stephen Warner and Kris Cavitt who can play multiple positions on the line. With Lon Roberts missing a few practices, Dykes said Warner has done a good job sliding over and playing the center position.

Defensive back Josh Victorian keeps up with the number of batted passes he has during the fall. He and coach Rob Likens have a running joke that he can't get any pass deflections. So now anytime he gets one he yells it out so Likens can hear him. Victorian said he is up to 15, the same number on his jersey.

Victorian talked about going up against Molton and Paige in practice. He said, "those guys are unbelievable at the wide receiver position and helping me even more to progress each day."

With the variety of wide receivers on the roster, it helps the defensive backs by playing against different styles said Victorian.


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