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La Tech Bulldogs - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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La Tech Bulldogs - 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home / Away

8/31/13

NC State

 

A

9/7/13

Lamar

 

H

9/12/13

Tulane

 

H

9/21/13

Kansas

 

A

9/28/13

Army

 

H

10/5/13

UTEP

 

A

10/19/13

North Texas

 

H

10/26/13

FIU

 

A

11/9/13

Southern Miss

 

H

11/16/13

Rice

 

A

11/23/13

Tulsa

 

H

11/30/13

UTSA

 

A

 

Notes about the La Tech Bulldogs

They Move the Chains: New head coach Skip Holtz has a lot of holes to fill with the departure of a talented senior class. Several new faces will lead the Bulldogs into unfamiliar waters – Conference USA. Scotty Young has the challenge of trying to replace Colby Cameron who is looking to earn a spot on the Carolina Panthers. The junior transfer from Texas Tech was a top recruit in 2009, however his last live snap was while he was still in high school. Former West Monroe star DJ Banks will likely be the "go-to guy" at receiver. He had a big impact in special teams last season and should stay in that role as well. Sophomore RB Kenneth Dixon had a monster year as a freshman with over 1,100 yards and 27 touchdowns. The Doak Walker award watch nominee set a NCAA record for rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns (28) and points scored (168). All those records were previously held by Marshall Faulk. Dixon will be looking to avoid the "sophomore slump" this season and post even bigger numbers for an offense that will depend on him even more. Junior offensive lineman Matt Shepperd is a preseason all-conference selection should lead the way for some big runs from Dixon.

Blitz Patrol: The Bulldogs are stout up front as three of Tech's four returning defensive starters are on the line. It's also a position that has actual depth. Kevin Kisseberth could make a push for a starting spot. Former Neville star Justin Ellis is a 1st-team preseason C-USA selection. Seniors Shakeil Lucas (6-2,285) and IK Enemkpali (6-2,250) will be a force up front for the Bulldogs.The linebacking corp and the secondary have some major question marks. Corner Le'Vander Liggins is the only returning starter in the back seven. Mike Schrang looks like a favorite to start at middle linebacker. New defensive coordinator Kim Dameron has the task of fixing a unit that gave up 38.5 points per game last season.

Cleats to Fill: Cameron, WR Myles White and WR Quinton Patton led a dynamic offense last season that lead the country in points with 51.5 per contest. Cameron's 4,100 yards and 31 touchdowns were impressive, but coaches love the fact that he was only intercepted five times. The "general" Patton put up remarkable numbers with 104 receptions for nearly 1,400 yards. Finding replacements for those playmakers will not be easy, but the

Unsung Heroes: It's hard to call a guy on an award watch-list an unsung hero, but it makes perfect sense. Banks was named to the Paul Hornung award watch list for the nation's most versatile player. He set school records for return yards a year ago and is now a projected starter at receiver. This guy does it all and is being counted heavily for the Bulldogs to have bowl season.

Former Aces: Former Neville star Justin Ellis (6-2,330) loves to throw his weight. NFL scouts will be keeping close tabs on him this fall as he is projected as one of the top defensive tackles in the country. From his days at St. Frederick and West Monroe, we have watched Banks' game develop. This season Banks should cash in with a huge season.

National Ink: The preseason publications have not been kind to Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs are projected to struggle in their first season in the Conference USA. Can Skip Holtz fill all the holes in order to succeed in his first season? Louisiana Tech fans are very hopeful. Kenneth Dixon will be counted on early as the offense and Young try to find their groove.

Must-See Matchup: They're all must see. The Bulldogs are officially members of C-USA which means unfamiliar foes. Tech has a week-one matchup with NC State and plays Army in Dallas on September 28.

Postseason Prospects: After the "bowl blunder" from last season, Louisiana Tech fans are anxious to earn a postseason invitation. Repeating last season's 9-3 season will be extremely difficult, but this year's squad as the potential to make some major noise in C-USA. A seven or eight win season is certainly doable.

Coach Talk: "We can not project what is going to happen. We just have to go out there and roll up our sleeves and get to work. Go out there and do what we have to do to be as good as we can be. I don't know how good we can be with what we are walking into. We have so many new starters. We are probably returning the least amount of starters than anybody in the country. We just have to focus on being a sgood as we can be everyday. That is what we are focusing our time and energy on right now." — Louisiana Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz

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