The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
No. 96: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Spring Practice Starts: March 9
Spring Game: April 14
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Spring Status
There was supposed to be a step back after the offense went crazy in 2016, but the Bulldogs still came up with a winning season, won three games to close things out, and rolled SMU 51-10 in a brilliant Frisco Bowl performance.
They have their quarterback in J’Mar Smith, and he gets back a slew of top receivers to work with. The O line welcomes back four starters, but top rusher Boston Scott isn’t around.
The defensive side only loses three starters, head coach Skip Holtz is still around, and the depth is better compared to last season.
Granted, there weren’t a slew of great wins last year, and Louisiana Tech has done a great job of beating bad teams – and losing to the good ones.
This year, Louisiana Tech should grow into one of the good ones.
Louisiana Tech Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Running back. The Bulldogs will get decent rushing production from Smith under center, but the top two backs are gone. Boston Scott led the way with 1,040 yards and eight scores, and Jarred Craft came up with 532 yards and three touchdowns.
Jaqwis Dancy is back in the mix after dealing with Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years ago and being a part of the rotation last year. After him, it’ll be a battle among a slew of young players and veteran Kam McKnight. However, Smith will still be the team’s most dangerous option at times.
Louisiana Tech Biggest Issue
More plays in the backfield. Getting back Jaylon Ferguson helps, and corner Amik Robertson makes plays behind the line, but the team came up with just 63 tackles for loss on the season and just 24 sacks. It wasn’t miserable, but the Bulldogs cranked up 44 sacks and 88 tackles for loss in 2016.
Louisiana Tech Biggest Positive
Defensive backs. The Bulldog pass defense was solid, allowing 209 yards per game and picking up 19 passes. And now, four starters return in the back five, with corners Amik Robertson and L’Jarius Sneed returning, along with safety Darryl Lewis. 15 of those 19 interceptions are back.
Really, Why Are The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Ranked Here?
Even with all of the returning pieces and experience, it’s going to take a little while.
Smith is a good, veteran quarterback, but he needs to be more accurate – and without a few of his key targets. The backfield needs options, and the defense has to be a wee bit more aggressive behind the line.
But don’t worry. This will be a good team that’s deep in the hunt for the Conference USA title.