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Oregon State graduate DB Cyril Noland-Lewis transferred to Louisiana Tech.

Noland-Lewis began practicing with the Bulldogs on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 209-pounder is a legitimately versatile defender. In 2015, he started the first six games at safety, then moved to nickleback. And this spring, the Beavers began transitioning him to corner. He has also previously played linebacker. Louisiana Tech is looking to replace multiple pieces in the linebacking corp and secondary, making this a nice little fit for both parties.
Aug 25 - 12:52 PM

Starting Louisiana Tech redshirt senior QB Ryan Higgins was arrested on DWI and speeding charges early Friday morning.

Higgins was speeding around 11 to 20 miles per hour over the limit. As of 8:30 a.m., Higgins had not posted bail. All offseason head coach Skip Holtz has pointed to Higgins as the school's starting quarterback, saying the Bulldogs turned away multiple graduate transfer options who expressed interest. Higgins sat behind two graduate transfers over the last two seasons.
Aug 5 - 10:23 AM

Louisiana Tech senior S Xavier Woods' "tenacious hits and playmaking ability won't be ignored by NFL scouts," says NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter.

An undersized safety at 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, Woods is nonetheless an ultra-productive two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection. He already boasts nine career interceptions. He showcased additional playmaking ability with 7.5 tackles for loss in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 4:42 PM

Louisiana Tech junior WR Carlos Henderson was named to the 2016 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List.

Henderson posted 1,291 all-purpose yards as a wide receiver and kick returner for Louisiana Tech in 2015. Included in that was 774 yards on 36 receptions for five touchdowns as well as a team-high 21 kick returns for 463 yards. Teammate Trent Taylor was also a Biletnikoff watch lister.
Jul 26 - 6:34 PM

According to Louisiana Tech HC Skip Holtz, the Bulldogs turned down multiple graduate QBs who were interested in transferring to Tech.

Holtz took in Cody Sokol in 2014 and Jeff Driskel in 2015, but he now wants to turn the position over to home-grown talent. That means that the starting quarterback job is redshirt senior Ryan Higgins' to lose. "There were a lot of quarterbacks who called and said are you interested in a transfer quarterback, and, no, I'm not in the market," Holtz said. "I have a senior, I have a redshirt sophomore in Price Wilson, I have a redshirt freshman in J'Mar Smith and a true freshman in Jack Abraham that I think are going to be good quarterbacks." Higgins threw for 1,715 yards (59.1% completions) with a 6/13 TD/INT ratio way back in 2013, but one would assume he's gotten considerably better in practice over the past three years.
Jul 25 - 7:56 PM

Louisiana Tech senior WR Trent Taylor was named to the 2016 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List.

The award goes to the best receiver in college football, regardless of position. Taylor, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound slot, finished with 99 catches, 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns last season to earn first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honors. The Bulldogs lost Jeff Driskel to graduation, but don't count on Taylor's touches dropping. Kenneth Dixon is also now in the NFL and LTU's new quarterback will lean on Taylor, a reliable safety valve near the line of scrimmage.
Jul 25 - 5:42 PM

College Football Focus named Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel the 2015 National Transfer of the Year.

Driskel transferred to Louisiana Tech from Florida after the 2014 season and revitalized his career in the process. In his lone campaign with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-4, 234-pound gunslinger threw for 4,026 yards (62.4% completions) with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio. That strong work pushed him onto the draft radar and the 49ers subsequently selected him in the sixth round of April's draft.
May 24 - 2:07 PM

Texas graduate ILB Dalton Santos transferred to Louisiana Tech.

Santos announced his transfer destination via Twitter. Because he is transferring as a graduate, he will be eligible to play immediately. An ankle injury which ultimately required surgery knocked the 6-foot-3, 252-pounder out of commission for the 2015 season. In his best season with the Longhorns back in 2013, he recorded 68 tackles (7.0 for loss) with a fumble recovery.
May 17 - 3:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein deemed the Ravens' selection of Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon in the fourth round "outstanding value."

Zierlein also tabbed Baltimore's fourth-round pick of Michigan DT Willie Henry as a similarly strong value selection to that of Dixon. We are of a comparable mindset when it comes to Dixon, with Rotoworld's Josh Norris pushing the 5-foot-10, 215-pounder on his Big Board as a borderline first-round talent throughout the process. Overall, Zierlein ranked the Ravens' draft as second only to that of the Titans.
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 10:45 PM

Broncos signed Louisiana Tech DE Vontarrius Dora.

Dora (6'4/256) was a four-year starter at La Tech, logging 23.5 career tackles for loss and 13 sacks. After a fairly quiet college career, Dora got his name on the pro map with an invite to January's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Dora's measurable athleticism is just as underwhelming as his college production; He ran a molasses-slow 5.11 forty at the Bulldogs' Pro Day, managing a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Dora's going to have to become an ace special teamer to stick in the NFL.
May 3 - 8:43 PM

Texas graduate ILB Dalton Santos will transfer.

A fifth-year senior, Santos will be eligible to play wherever he wins up after having graduated. Dalton, who appeared in 23 games between 2013-2014, missed last year with an ankle injury.
May 3 - 7:02 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Panthers' draft class a C+.

The analyst loved Carolina's first (Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler in Rd. 1) and last (Montana State TE Beau Sandland, who he thinks has starter traits, in Rd. 7) picks, but thought GM Dave Gettleman was throwing darts with the three cornerbacks taken in-between. "Big and long armed with ball skills, [Stamford CB James] Bradberry is easily the best prospect of the group, but his playing readiness is questionable coming from the FCS Southern Conference," Silva wrote. "Gettleman is an awesome GM and Carolina is set up to be an annual NFC contender, but I don't think his roster has gotten better this offseason."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 4:54 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay views the Panthers' selection of Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler as their best for the 2016 NFL Draft.

McShay particularly likes the Butler pick for the defending NFC champs at No. 30 because he "can learn from Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei and step in as a starter if either leave in free agency in 2016." Interestingly, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman revealed that he received seven calls from NFL teams regarding that 30th pick and turned them all down.
May 2 - 10:41 PM

49ers selected Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel with the No. 207 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Driskel (6'4/234) spent one year at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Florida, completing 62.4% of his throws with an 8.92 YPA and 27:8 TD-to-INT ratio. A terrific athlete, he added 92-323-5 (3.5 YPC) rushing and ran 4.56 in Indy. Billed as the "next Tim Tebow" out of high school, Driskel failed at Florida due to injuries and part-time usage, before excelling in the Bulldogs' wide-open spread. While he possesses NFL arm strength and top-shelf movement skills, Driskel is a major work in progress in terms of downfield accuracy and pocket poise. He's a project with underrated upside.
Apr 30 - 5:04 PM

Ravens selected Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Dixon (5'10/215) rewrote the La Tech record books, parlaying 801 career carries into 4,480 yards (5.59 YPC) and 72 touchdowns. He caught 88 passes and accounted for 87 all-purpose TDs, second all time in FBS history. Despite running behind an awful offensive line, Dixon was a dominant collegiate whose tape shows nifty jump cuts, natural inside running skills, and top-notching passing-game production, even excelling in blitz pickup. Dixon shined in Indy, blazing 4.56 with explosive vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. A dynamic multi-phase threat, Dixon has a chance to become a mid-range NFL starter. Despite a surprising slide in the fourth round, expect Dixon to immediately push Buck Allen and Justin Forsett for snaps in Baltimore.
Apr 30 - 1:55 PM


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