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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Lousiana Tech junior DB Xavier Woods may fall under the "best player you've never heard of" category.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Woods earned first-team All-Conference USA honors, recording 71 stops, six interceptions, seven pass break ups, and three forced fumbles. Reuter believes that the "fact that Woods doesn't play in a Power Five conference will hurt his All-America candidacy."
Jul 23 - 3:28 PM

Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz named graduate QB Jeff Driskel starter.

Well, this should be fun. "After spring practice we went through all the numbers and we met with all the players and all the quarterbacks on where they ranked and where they were," Holtz said. "Just looking at the numbers from the whole body of work through spring practice, I felt Jeff Driskel gave us the best opportunity as a quarterback. That’s when we looked at him and said he’ll be the starter." Driskel beat out Ryan Higgins to replace Cody Sokol. Driskel went 11-2 with Florida in 2012, but his career has taken a sharp downward trajectory since. He's been one of the worst Power 5 signal-callers in the country over the past few years, but he does have the talent to turn things around.
Jul 22 - 8:51 PM

Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon is "not extremely shifty, but he's difficult to square up," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"A decisive runner, Dixon is explosive once he puts a foot in the ground and drives down the field," he wrote. "Dixon does not shy from contact, and can drop a shoulder on you if you try to tackle him high in open space." The analyst ranks Dixon as the No. 5 senior running back prospect in the 2016 draft. Last year, he recorded 1,299 yards (5.1 YPC average) and 22 touchdowns.
Jul 8 - 5:21 PM

Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon "combines outstanding stop-start ability with feathery feet, which allows him to weave and slash as well as most backs in the game," notes NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Dixon had 27 rushing touchdowns as a freshman and 22 last season as a junior. Want to know why?" Zierlein wrote. "He hit those marks because he wants it more than anyone else on the field." We aren't often privy to a player's work ethic and personal drive, but are always interested in these anecdotes; it's difficult to become elite in any profession without a willingness to outwork everyone else. "Dixon is a creative runner who plays with a level of determination on each run that is so much fun to watch," Zierlein wrote. "While he's not small, Dixon doesn't possess natural power behind his pads and has to work harder than most to maximize his carries."
Jun 25 - 8:56 PM

Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon can squat 615 pounds.

Sometimes, testing numbers are essentially useless. For instance, one might wonder why a receiver who ran in the 4.2s slipped into Day 3, or why an offensive lineman who posted 40-plus reps on the bench went undrafted. If the receiver is small and can't change direction, or the offensive lineman plays upright and without technique, however, the impressive score stops looking impressive. In the case of Dixon, you can absolutely see the leg strength on film as he blasts through arm tackles or carries defenders downfield. He's only 5-foot-10 and 212 pounds, but watch Dixon bulldoze several defenders who are far larger this fall.
Jun 21 - 11:46 PM

Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon "is a compactly built shifty runner with good balance, but he probably won't get a lot of yards after contact in the NFL," according to Walter Football.

Dixon has been dominant since stepping onto campus. He tallied 1,194 rushing yards on 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 and 917 yards on 6.1 YPC in 2013 while struggling with injuries. Last year, he recorded 1,299 yards (5.1 YPC average) with 22 touchdowns. WF ranks Dixon as the No. 8 draft-eligible RB prospect and gives him a Rds. 3-4 projection.
May 29 - 8:58 PM

Florida QB Jeff Driskel is transferring to Louisiana Tech, according to JC Shurburtt.

The report states Driskel had a list of possible graduate destinations and informed everyone on the list that Louisiana Tech is his choice. The Skip Holtz coached Bulldogs finished 9-5 this season and were looking to replace their starting quarterback after he graduated. Driskel has likely been told he is in line to start, but his play might say otherwise.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 5 - 9:34 AM

Florida HC Jim McElwain told reporters senior QB Jeff Driskel is free to transfer to another program.

Driskel will almost certainly join another program as a starter, but he is not a good quarterback. The truth is there are far more bad quarterbacks than good quarterbacks. Duke has previously been mentioned as a potential landing spot, however, expect Driskel to have a long list of possible graduate destinations.
Jan 3 - 11:36 AM

Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel is exploring a possible graduate transfer to Duke, according to Laura Keeley.

Driskel is considering multiple schools, so it is not as if Duke is the only option. He would be able to play immediately. After two poor seasons, Driskel has lost more and more playing time and most recently was overtaken by Treon Harris. Driskel's previous competition, Jacoby Brissett, transferred to NC State a few offseasons ago. Duke's current starter, Anthony Boone, is set to graduate.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:12:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 06:14:00 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."
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 05:16:00 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.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 07:30:00 PM

Orlando Sentinel's Edgar Thompson notes that Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel has adjusted to a new role in Florida's Wildcat formation.

After starting 21 games at Florida, the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Driskel was ready for a breakout season in 2014. Before Coach Muschamp benched the Gators prospect, Driskel had 12 turnovers in his final four games as starter, and then had a four turnover performance against Missouri, in their 42-13 loss. In Florida's recent 34-10 win over Vanderbilt, Driskel rushed five times as the QB in the Wildcat, while scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-goal.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 02:40:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel "from a pro perspective just looks lost."

"When you look at him from a pro perspective, he just looks lost. He looks like he doesn't have a grasp of their offensive system, which was supposed to be tailored to better suit what he does," Pauline wrote. In the Florida prospect's last outing he went 7-for-19 with 50 yards passing, with two interceptions in a 42-13 loss to Missouri. Pauline notes that Driskel's "accuracy is awful," but "the physical ability is there, but he shows nothing in the way of having the natural ability to play quarterback."
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 03:17:00 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."
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 06:40:00 PM

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