Offense Provides Spark in Power Outage Practice

April 2, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Myles White led a resurgent offense that provided the spark in a power-limited practice as Louisiana Tech held the program's 10th practice of the spring Monday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.

The Bulldogs actually had to dress in darkness as thunderstorms and pouring rain contributed to a power outage on campus. After players used their cell phones for temporary light sources, the team took the field as the rain lightened. The team had a sluggish start to the practice but head coach Sonny Dykes said the team finished strong.

"We need to do a good job of adjusting," Dykes said. "When it is raining we need to practice in the rain and when it is windy we are going to practice in the wind. None of that stuff needs to bother us. If we dress in the dark that is fine, if we dress in our cars that is fine and if we have to dress in our dorms that is fine too. Our guys have to learn to not be bothered by stupid things. They need to focus on the stuff that matters."

Myles White was one player that stood out, showcasing bursts of speed at the right times for two long touchdown receptions during skelly and team drills.

"I thought Myles had a good day," Dykes said of the receiver. "He has a good last week and it carried over today. He had a good scrimmage and practice on Wednesday. I think when he loses his legs he needs to learn how to battle through and lean on his technique. When he is fresh and run full speed he is a tough guy to cover. He needs to keep working on details."

Defensively, Shakeil Lucas continued to power a defensive line that has showed promise even with two powerful tackles - Justin Ellis and Jon'al White - sitting out due to injury.

"He [Lucas] has been our anchor in the spring with Jon'al and Justin Ellis being out," said Dykes. "Shaq has been our go-to-guy in the middle and has done a great job. He is bigger and stronger and been more physical. He has also been able to play more plays which has helped him."

On special teams, the Bulldogs continue to build dangerous depth at the kick and punt return positions. Tech's various injuries led to the team's seventh-string punt returner (Craig Johnson) in action last year and even he returned a punt for a touchdown.

"It is good to see guys back there that we can count on," Dykes said. "Craig Johnson, I think, has one punt return in his career that he took back for a touchdown against New Mexico State. He is one of the guys that we are excited about to have back. D.J. Banks is going to be a solid returner for us. We are excited to see what Tevin King can do on kick returns. We have some weapons and guys that can do some exciting things."

The Bulldogs return to practice on Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. with another scrimmage slated for Thursday, April 5.

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