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Louisiana Tech redshirt senior QB Ryan Higgins completed 36-of-59 passes for 504 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 38-34 loss to Middle Tennessee.

Higgins and the Bulldogs held a 27-17 lead after three quarters, but Middle Tennessee put on a 21-7 offensive blitz through to the end of the game to secure the victory. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Higgins has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his three games played. He has also tossed at least three touchdown passes in each of those games.
Sep 24 - 11:17 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt senior Ryan Higgins will start at QB against South Carolina State.

Higgins' collegiate career included many speed bumps and turns. He started as a redshirt freshman in 2013, but was overtaken by graduate transfer passers over the last few years. Head coach Skip Holtz pointed to Higgins as his starter this spring, even stating he turned away possible transfers. The quarterback was then arrested in early August for a DWI. Because of the subsequent suspensions redshirt freshman J'Mar Smith started in Higgins' place in the opener against Arkansas.
Sep 9 - 9:46 AM

Louisiana Tech senior WR Trent Taylor caught eight passes for 78 yards in Saturday's loss to Arkansas.

While Taylor failed to find the end zone, he led the Bulldogs in both receptions and receiving yardage. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 99 catches for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns. He should find room to work against South Carolina State next weekend.
Sep 3 - 7:59 PM

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


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