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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Tech spring game update

Just back from Ruston and the Tech spring game, so here are some thoughts from the day:

Tech will win more than three games this season. You might think that's not much, but consider the Bulldogs' schedule - they're playing two teams (LSU and Boise State) that ended up in the top five. There are also trips to California and Ole Miss involved. So while the schedule isn't as brutal as last year's, it will be challenging nonetheless.

Zac Champion will be the Bulldogs' quarterback. But Ross Jenkins looked really good in the spring game. Maybe Jenkins is one of those guys who play better when the lights are on, but I could see him pushing his way up the depth chart.

The Bulldogs have a core of offensive playmakers with Brian Jackson, Patrick Jackson, Josh Wheeler and even tight end Dennis Morris.

The defense doesn't look as bad as it did last year. I know, I know, they're playing against each other. But there were a few big plays allowed but the secondary seemed to do a better job of not letting men (other than Morris) run free. Coach Derek Dooley is still concerned about his D-line in general and his pass rush in particular.

Special teams - particulary kicking field goals - looks to be an adventure.

This is a more disciplined team. And that should help as well.


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