September 12, 2010
Offense improves and defense continues strong play
Texas A&M gave Louisiana Tech every opportunity they could early to allow Tech to stay in the game. Whether it was a missed field goal, muffed punts, or fumbles but the Bulldogs couldn't capitalize. The Bulldogs shot themselves in their proverbial feet on several occasions.
Tony Franklin called the offense from the field Saturday night probably in hopes of firing his offense up. The offense did play much better this week, but did make mistakes. Unfortunately or fortunately, putting a new offense in place is not an overnight fix. From the Grambling game a week ago to last night, the offense took major strides.
It appears senior quarterbacks Ross Jenkins and Steven Ensimger's careers as quarterbacks are over. Reports coming out of practice this week were Colby Cameron and Tarik Hakmi were the only quarterbacks getting reps. That appeared to be true Saturday as they were the only ones to play quarterback for Tech.
Cameron threw a couple of interceptions and had a fumble but did some good things. Hakmi has the most upside of any quarterback Tech has used this season thus far. Hakmi is fast, big, has a strong arm and is getting more accurate. Hakmi's touchdown pass to Eric Harper was absolutely beautiful and showed the kind of arm strength and zip he can put on a ball.
The offensive line for the Bulldogs overall played well after playing on the large stage wore off. Center, Stephen Warner struggled early on with some of his snaps but settled in nicely.
Tim Molton showed his abilities and will be a very special player for the Bulldogs. Taulib Ikharo continues to be the favorite target for Bulldog quarterbacks. Surprisingly, walk-on wide receivers Andrew Guillot and David Gru started for the Bulldogs Saturday. Phillip Livas only had one rception Saturday and that needs to change as he has game changing ability and speed.
The play calling for the Bulldogs was much better Saturday night, but the quarterback read misdirection needs to be scrapped. This play taked entirely too long to develop.
Defensively, I thougnt thought the Bulldogs were solid, until the offense quit being productive and the defense was on the field too much. The defensive line was able to get pressure at times on Jerrod Johnson, but he was able to scramble a little too much. Randy Grigsby was taken to the locker room early in the first quarter on a cart and never returned. In his absence, I.K. Enemkpali stepped up in a big way. Matt Broha is really playing well this season as he has racked up 3.5 sacks in two games. The cornerbacks for Tech continue to impress me. They were in good position most of the night and most of the big plays Aggie receivers made were athletic catches. The safeties of the Bulldogs are an achillies heel right now. C.J. Broades was burned several times and was penalized for taking a shot at a receivers head during a would be interception. The linebackers continue to play pretty well. Soloman Randle played some outside linebacker Saturday night and he seems too slow to play that position.
The bulldog special teams struggled a bit Saturday night. Punter Ryan Allen punted well, but out kicked his coverage on a punt from the Bulldogs' endzone and resulted in a punt return for a touchdown. Matt Nelson connected on some field goals, but missed an extra point wide right. The Aggies were not affriad of Philip Livas as they kicked the ball to him everytime but once.
As the Bulldogs continue to improve, look for this new offense to really start to take shape.
The Bulldogs next opponent is the Naval Academy and Navy struggled Saturday with Georgia Southern.
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