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Louisiana Tech senior DE Houston Bates dominated his former team in Friday's 35-18 Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over Illinois, registering 4.5 sacks.

He finished with 5.5 tackles for loss and was named the game's MVP in his last collegiate game. Bates began his career with the Illini and graduated from the school earlier this year. He wanted to finish his career closer to home, so transferred to LTU in May. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder is a bit of a DE/OLB tweener, so scouts will have to ascertain where he best fits in the NFL.
Dec 26 - 6:14 PM

Louisiana Tech junior RB Kenneth Dixon rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Friday's 35-18 Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over Illinois.

He also ran up 79 receiving yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Dixon tallied 1,194 rushing yards on 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 and 917 yards on 6.1 YPC last year while struggling with injuries. This season, he finished with 1,299 rushing yards and 22 ground scores. Dixon will be one of the nation's best returning runners in 2015. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in July that Dixon "runs physical and balanced with the ability in pass protection that will impress NFL scouts."
Dec 26 - 5:16 PM

Louisiana Tech senior OG Mitchell Bell accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Looking to add beef to your interior offensive line? Look no further. This 6-foot-3, 354-pound native of Houston earned First Team All C-USA honors in 2014. Bell led a powerful Bulldogs' offensive line which ranked No. 19 in the country in sacks allowed and generally ran the ball at will.
Dec 25 - 7:30 PM

Lousianna Tech LB/S Terrell Pinson "has emerged as a big-time playmaker this year," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Pinson took a circuitous route to the Bulldogs. He originally signed with West Virginia, but couldn't attend due to a poor algebra grade. Pinson went the JUCO route before landing at Louisiana Tech. "He has emerged as a big-time playmaker this year, including this three-series stretch in the second half of the Bulldogs' win over UTSA: Fumble recovery for a touchdown, interception, interception," McShay wrote. "He also had two pass breakups. He's on my short list of off-the-radar guys to study after the season."
Oct 21 - 6:40 PM

Louisiana Tech junior RB Kenneth Dixon rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Thursday's 42-21 victory over North Texas.

The game was far more lopsided than the final score indicated, as the Bulldogs led 42-7 with four minutes remaining. Dixon wasn't much needed in a game like that. He has been dominant since his freshmen campaign, tallying 1,194 rushing yards on 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 and 917 yards on 6.1 YPC last year while missing time with injury. He's rushed for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns during LTU's 2-1 start. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in July that Dixon "runs physical and balanced with the ability in pass protection that will impress NFL scouts."
Sep 12 - 12:45 AM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Louisiana Tech WR Sterling Griffin has been granted a 6th year of eligibility.

Before transferring from USF, Griffin was forced to redshirt in 2010 with an ankle injury, and missed four games in 2011 with a broken foot and sat out the final nine games of the 2012 season with an injury to his knee. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout played in all 12 games with 10 starts for the Bulldogs last season, with 33 receptions for 357 yards and two touchdowns.
Aug 18 - 1:58 PM

Louisiana Tech junior RB Kenneth Dixon "runs physical and balanced with the ability in pass protection that will impress NFL scouts," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Dixon has been dominating since his freshmen campaign, tallying 1,194 rushing yards on 6.0 yards per carry in 2012. Injuries cut into his carries last year, but Dixon still accumulated 917 rushing yards and increased his YPC to 6.1 yards. "Dixon doesn't have much burst to his game and is more of a one-gear runner, but he runs physical and balanced," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 4:54 PM

Former Illinois senior DE Houston Bates transferred to Louisiana Tech.

Illini head coach Tim Beckman said Houston "indicated that he wanted to finish closer to home and his family." The defensive end has already graduated, so he'll be eligible to play immediately for the Bulldogs. Bates started all 12 games as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end for the Illini last year. He ranked second on the team with 12 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
May 31 - 3:16 PM

Former Iowa QB Cody Sokol officially signed his financial aid agreement and has been added to Louisiana Tech's roster.

Sokol's defection to the Bulldogs has been public information since March, but recent developments made it official. The signal caller graduated in Iowa City earlier this month, meaning he'll be eligible to play and compete for a starting job immediately.
May 31 - 2:59 PM

Jets selected Louisiana Tech edge rusher IK Enemkpali with the No. 210 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Enemkpali (6-foot 3/4, 261) played right defensive end for the Bulldogs, earning first-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior with 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two interceptions. As a four-year starter, he collected 17.5 career sacks. Although Enemkpali was an excellent college player, he falls short of the 6-foot-2 NFL standard for outside rushers, and ran a 5.01 forty-yard dash at the Combine. He'd do well to forge a career as a rotational option off the edge and will be listed as a stand up rusher for the Jets.
May 10 - 5:19 PM

Raiders selected Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Ellis (6-foot-1 7/8, 334) played his senior season in the 350s before dropping into the 330s for the Combine. A pure-nose prospect, Ellis managed 9.5 career tackles for loss as a three-year college starter. He ran 5.27 at the Combine with a 28-inch vertical, and did 25 bench-press reps. Ellis will offer nothing as an NFL pass rusher, but could develop into a quality two-down role player.
May 10 - 12:43 PM

Iowa officially confirmed QB Cody Sokol's transfer to Louisiana Tech.

Sokol also received interest from Ball State, Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Texas, South Alabama and Wake Forest. "Cody has been a tremendous team member and we appreciate all his efforts on the teams’ behalf," Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz wrote in a statement. The signal caller will graduate from Iowa in May, meaning he'll be eligible to play and compete for a starting job immediately at LTU.
Mar 17 - 7:33 PM

Former Iowa QB Cody Sokol has transferred to Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs beat out Ball State for Sokol's services. Sokol also received interest from Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Texas, South Alabama and Wake Forest. The signal caller will graduate from Iowa in May, meaning he'll be eligible to play and compete for a starting job immediately at LTU. "That’s all I could ask for, is an opportunity to go down there and be the starter," Sokol said. "That was my biggest thing I was looking at was playing time. I see a big hole in their offense at that (quarterback) position and am willing to fill it for a year. They said they have some good quarterbacks on their roster, the biggest thing is they haven’t matured yet. I feel like I bring a veteran role to Louisiana Tech."
Mar 15 - 2:22 PM

Louisiana Tech senior DT Justin Ellis offers little as an interior pass rusher, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Teams in need of a run stopper at the 0- or 1-technique could view him as an intriguing option," Brooks writes. We could not disagree with the evaluation more, as Ellis is at his best when extending his arms and getting upfield. Sure, he has the frame of a run stopper, but that is not Ellis' game. He flashed a nice spin move at both all-star events, however, at the Senior Bowl Ellis did attempt a rip move too often. He needs to improve against double teams, specifically lowering his hips and pad level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 1:05 PM

Manny Diaz has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Louisiana Tech, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Diaz signed on for the gig, according to Feldman, after declining to pursue other coaching opportunities from the "Big Ten, SEC & Pac-12 programs so he could be a DC." Diaz was forced to play scapegoat in Austin last year well before Mack Brown, getting axed as DC after an embarrassing loss to BYU in the season's second game. Diaz was also Mississippi State's coordinator in 2010. "I am very excited Manny Diaz is joining our staff," head coach Skip Holtz said in a statement. "He brings great experiences with a lot of success at a lot of different stops. He brings excitement, a passion for the game, plenty of experience and a reputation for success that precedes him."
Jan 22 - 10:07 AM


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