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Fine, we're not talking about one of the great injustices in sports
history considering Tech's win over Fresno was the only one of note
in a sea of victories over the WAC's worst teams, but it was a
second straight good season and proved that Jack Bicknell's club is
good enough to be considered a solid program. Not flashy, but solid.
Head coach: Jack Bicknell
8th year: 40-42
Off. 26, Def. 20, ST 3
Lettermen Lost: 24
Best Tech Players
1. WR Eric Newman, Sr.
2. RB Freddie Franklin, Jr.
3. TE Anthony James, Sr.
4. LB Brannon Jackson, Jr.
5. FS Dez Abrams, Sr.
6. OG Marcus Lindsey, Sr.
7. WR Johnathan Holland, Sr.
8. PK Danny Horwedel, Jr.
NT Josh Muse, Jr.
LB Quin Harris, Soph.
at Texas A&M
at Boise State
at San Jose State
at North Texas
at New Mexico State
Preview 2005 predicted wins
at Florida L 41-3
at Kansas L 34-14
New Mexico St
at Nevada L 37-27
San Jose St
at Utah State
Idaho W 41-38
Boise State L 30-13
at Fresno State W 40-28
The Bulldogs didn't turn the ball over, had a nice ground game, and
efficient passing attack, and a good enough defense to keep some bad
offenses from doing much of anything. This year's team has a bit of
turmoil with some massive personnel losses, so expect this to be the
real test of where things are at.
Only two starters return on
defense, there's a woeful lack of experience at quarterback, and there
could stand to be far more explosion considering all the speed in the
receiving corps and at running back. Even with the problems, this should
still be an upper-division WAC team that needs to come up with more big
To take the next step in the WAC, you have to beat Boise State. Tech
not only hasn't done it since 2001, it hasn't been close. There was a
37-27 loss to Nevada last year which ended up killing any title hopes.
And, of course, Fresno State is always going to be decent. The Bulldogs
get Boise State on the road, but the other two big boys, along with
Hawaii, come late in the year, so there's time to jell in time to make
some more noise and be a player in the WAC championship race.
But titles aren't really going to be the focus. It'll be a year of
getting better and getting more experience in key spots before what
should be a really good 2007. For now, trying to finish with another
winning record and getting the respect from a bowl would be reason
enough to celebrate. Unfortunately, that might be impossible because ...
The Schedule: The
Bulldogs play 13 games with eight on the road. The home games have
an interesting mix of layups early (Nicholls State, Idaho, and Utah
State) and huge WAC games (Nevada and Fresno State) late. The first
five weeks will be a killer with four road games in the first five
with nightmares ahead against Nebraska, Texas A&M, Clemson and Boise
State. The road slate eases up in a huge way going away to play San
Jose State, North Texas, Hawaii and New Mexico State.
Offensive Player: Senior WR Eric Newman. He's not as fast or as
talented as fellow receiver Johnathan Holland, but the senior is
tremendously consistent and is the perfect go-to number one receiver
the team needs so the rest of the speedsters can do their thing.
Averaging 18.9 yards per catch last year, Newman can make big plays,
Defensive Player: Junior LB Brannon Jackson. The 263-pound middle
linebacker joins safety Dez Abrams as the only returning starters on
defense. The two are good leaders and All-WAC candidates, with
Jackson certain to be a top tone-setting hitter up front.
player to a successful season: Quarterbacks Zac Champion, Michael
Mosley and Joe Danna. There isn't much concern about the quarterback
situation with three good options, and the receivers are in place to
make some big plays and the running game will take the heat off. Now
it's up to one of the quarterbacks to be an efficient producer and
keep the offense moving.
season will be a success if ... Tech goes bowling. It'll have to
survive seven road games in the first nine, but things open up over
the second half of the year. The WAC title is out of the question.
game: Sept. 1 at Fresno State. The Bulldogs are going to want
payback after last year's 38-31 nationally televised loss, but
Nevada has to win the rematch to set the tone for the rest of the
year. The next WAC game is at Hawaii, which will become a must-win
if there's a loss on opening day.
- Second quarter scoring: Louisiana Tech 136 - Opponents 39
- Penalties: Opponents 89 for 719 yards - Louisiana Tech 69 for 575
- Fumbles: Opponents 23 (lost 15) - Louisiana Tech 20 (lost 8)
The Last Time Louisiana Tech…
…played in a bowl game…2001
(Humanitarian Bowl v. Clemson)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1996(Middle Tennessee State)
…was shutout…2004 (Miami)
…scored 50 points…2004 (Rice)
…won a conference title…2001 (WAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2003 (Luke McCown)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2004 (Ryan Moats)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2000 (James Jordan)
…had a first-round draft choice…1999 (WR Troy Edwards)