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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

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman told the media seven teams called the Panthers about possibly trading into pick No. 30.

We are a bit surprised the Panthers did not bite on an offer, as they only have six picks in the draft. However, Vernon Butler's grade was just too high to pass up on. The Panthers were in a similar position last year and decided to trade up in round two for a receiver. That could be the case again on Friday.
Apr 29 - 9:56 AM

Panthers selected Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Butler (6'4/323) starred in Conference USA, earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior and finishing his career with 29.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks. Butler has a meaty, powerful frame and long arms (35 1/8") to ward off blocks, as well has huge hands (10 3/4"). Butler needs to improve as a finisher, but wins with power and quickness in the trenches and was College Football Focus' top-rated defensive lineman outside the Power 5 conferences last year. He's a high-floor, high-ceiling prospect.
Apr 28 - 11:38 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler "relies on his athletic ability" and has "got a lot of potential."

It was a bit of a backhanded compliment, as the scout said Butler isn't a "grinder." A second scout basically agreed with that assessment: "His body balance, bend, acceleration is very good. He’s a big finesse athlete. This year, he used his hands much better and played with better strength. He’s a little bit of a goofball, in a good way. Not a bad kid. Athletic as hell. You need the right D-line coach and then coach the crap out of him." A third quoted scout liked Butler's quickness and deemed him "a nose [who] has some movement skills" who can "push the pocket and get an edge on occasion."
Apr 27 - 6:17 PM


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