Monday, August 30, 2010
WAC 2010-Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
2009 Record: 4-8 (3-5)
Head Coach: Sonny Dykes (1st season, 0-0)
Offensive Coordinator: Tony Franklin (1st season)
Defensive Coordiantor: Tommy Spangler (3rd season)
2009 Bowl Game: None...and yet Dooley still got a better job???
Offense: The QB job seems to be a bit of a mess. Dykes runs the pass happy spread, and the passing game that he inherits only ranked 91st last season. Ross Jenkins is the returning starter, but Steve Ensminger, an Auburn transfer and former TE, is pushing him hard. Philip Livas is the lone returnee at WR, so there is very little depth to work with this season. Every member of the line returns, which will be a good building block.
Defense: The defense was passable most of the time last season. DE Matt Broha and DT Mason Hitt are the returnees on the line. MLB Adrien Cole returns and is the leader of the defense. Solomon Randle pushed hard for playing time at MLB as well, but will be on the field with Cole as an OLB. Both are solid run stuffers, and should create a solid depth at LB. Jay Dudley also returns to start at OLB. S Tank Calais is one of the best in the WAC, and CB Terry Carter returns to start at CB. The other 2 spots in the secondary are open.
Special Teams: Matt Nelson hit 12 of 16 of his FGs last season, and was just a freshman. Cade Glasgow struggled mightily last season, but nobody has stepped up to take the job.
Wins: 9/4 Grambling (@ Shreveport), 10/2 @ Hawaii, 10/9 Utah State, 11/13 @ New Mexico State, 11/27 @ San Jose State
Toss Up Games: 9/25 Southern Mississippi, 10/16 Idaho, 11/6 Fresno State
Losses: 9/11 @ Texas A&M, 9/18 Navy, 10/26 Boise State, 12/4 Nevada
Tech will struggle heavily in the loss games. The toss games are truly that, with no indicators as to how they can come out of them. Grambling is a good punching bag to test out the new offense against. The rest of the win games should be easy.
Outlook: A .500 record would be progress, but that's not a guarantee. Sonny Dykes is a first time HC, so it will be interesting to see how quickly he can mold this team around himself. He is not at an impossible job, as Tech has had some success over the years. It still shocks me that Derek Dooley was elevated out of Ruston to the Tennessee job on the heels of last season's 4-8 finish.