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Louisiana Tech redshirt sophomore QB J'Mar Smith passed for 317 yards on 24-of-39 passing with three touchdowns in a 34-16 victory over South Alabama on Saturday.

Smith (6'1/230) was exceptional for the Bulldogs on Saturday, throwing strikes all over the South Alabama secondary. It was one of his most accurate starts of the year, and in the pass-happy offense, he's going to put up big yardage even on days where he's not in the strike zone. Smith will look to make it another big game in the air next week against the awful UAB defense.
Sep 30 - 10:29 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt junior WR Teddy Veal had 10 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 17-16 loss to South Carolina.

Now that's more like it. Veal had only three catches apiece in the first two games, but he's exploded for a 19-188-1 line over the past two games. We called for Veal to break out over the summer, and you should expect him to keep trending upward as the season moves forward. The Tulane transfer has recaptured the chemistry he had with QB J'Mar Smith in the spring.
Sep 23 - 6:44 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt junior WR Teddy Veal had nine catches for 78 yards against Western Kentucky on Saturday.

A popular summer breakout candidate, Veal had a quiet first two games (three catches apiece) with his new team. He was heavily targeted against WKU, however, perhaps a harbinger of things to come. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver led Tulane with 48 catches for 644 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. He transferred over after that campaign.
Sep 18 - 2:09 PM

NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is hearing that Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson is likely to enter the draft.

Ferguson (6'5/255) was one of the best statistical lineman in the country last year, posting 14.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles. Pauline also says that current grades on Ferguson range anywhere from a second-day pick to the seventh round.
Sep 14 - 9:01 PM

Louisiana Tech senior WR Marcus Gaines caught three passes for 104 yards in Saturday's 57-21 loss to Mississippi State.

Gaines posted a long-catch of 58 yards in the game. He led the Bulldogs in receiving yardage in the loss -- and when we say "lead," we mean he was far-and-away the most productive wideout on the field for Tech. The next closest receiver to him was Teddy Veal, who caught three passes for 15 yards. Louisiana Tech will try for a more sustained offensive push against Western Kentucky next Saturday.
Sep 9 - 11:57 PM

Louisiana Tech junior RB Jarred Craft rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Saturday's 52-24 win over Northwestern State.

Craft (6'0/213) notched a pair of two-yard touchdown runs in the game and also hauled in a 17-yard scoring pass in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory. That touchdown reception was his only catch of the game, but you can expect the Bulldogs to utilize him more extensively in that capacity as the season unfolds -- Craft caught 42 passes last season. Louisiana Tech will host Mississippi State next weekend as they look to improve to 2-0.
Sep 3 - 3:30 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt sophomore WR Alfred Smith caught four passes for 40 yards in the team's spring game.

"We laid the groundwork. The next three months are going to be critical to us offensively to build that chemistry we had last year and getting on the same page consistently," said OC Todd Fitch following the spring game. This past season, the 5-foot-9, 191-pound Smith registered a 16-232-1 receiving line. He also showed big potential as a kick returner, averaging 18.9 yards per return while racking up 360 yards on 19 runbacks. Teddy Veal is expected to work as the team's No. 1 receiver for the coming season, with Smith, Cam McKnight and Adrian Hardy set to work as complementary pieces.
Jul 11 - 4:21 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt junior WR Teddy Veal is eligible this year after sitting out 2016 to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver led Tulane with 48 catches for 644 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. He transferred over to Tech prior to last season, probably because Tulane had hired Willie Fritz, who runs the triple-option, as coach. Tech lost leading receiver Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson over the winter and didn't sign a true wide receiver in the 2016 class. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom expects Veal to break out as a star this fall and ranks him as a top-15 fantasy receiver.
Jul 11 - 3:34 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt sophomore QB J'mar Smith will take over the starting job for 2016 Conference USA MVP Ryan Higgins.

Smith not only fended off Price Wilson and Jack Abraham for the job, but he chased both out of town; Wilson and Abraham both transferred elsewhere in the spring. A unanimous three-star rated recruit coming out of high school, Smith finished his first season 30-of-43 passing for 412 yards and a 2/1 TD/INT rate with 62 rushing yards and two ground scores. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound dazzled in his only start, throwing for 212 yards and rushing for a score in the opener with Higgins suspended as Louisiana Tech nearly upset Arkansas, falling 21-20. While Smith looks like a strong fantasy sleeper in a Tech offense that's always high-powered, do keep in mind that the Bulldogs lost star receivers Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson.
Jul 7 - 3:58 PM

Louisiana Tech junior RB Jarred Craft's 42 catches last season make him the leading returning receiver for 2017.

This speaks to the losses of Carlos Henderson and Trent Taylor to the NFL, but it also highlights Craft's stellar versatility. The 6-foot, 213-pounder racked up 340 yards and four touchdowns on those 42 grabs. In addition, he rushed for 1,074 yards (5.6 YPC) and nine touchdowns last season. While the Bulldogs are still piecing together their receiving corp, lead runner Craft and backup Boston Scott (515 yards, 7.4 YPC) give HC Skip Holtz a rock-solid backfield. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Craft as the No. 28 fantasy running back in college football.
Jul 6 - 5:06 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trepasso lists Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson as the No. 71 overall draft prospect.

"At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he has the size and length to play on the edge in the pros," Trepasso wrote. Ferguson posted 49 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. Over the past two seasons combined, he's accrued 29 TFL and 20.5 sacks. Recently, ESPN Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Ferguson as the No. 5 underclassman draft prospect at his position.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 12:32 PM

ESPN Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson as the No. 5 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Ferguson was a whirling dervish all over the field for the Bulldogs last season, recording 49 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Those 14.5 sacks led Conference USA and his 20.5 career sacks are good for 13th most in conference history. While Kiper slides him into his draft position rankings, Walter Football's Charlie Campbell does not include Ferguson among his top 18 defensive end draft prospects at this juncture in the offseason.
Jun 27 - 10:33 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt senior RB Boston Scott averaged 7.9 yards from scrimmage per touch in each of the last two seasons.

Scott (5'6/199) is the No. 2 back behind starter Jarred Craft, but he should be in line for more touches this fall with wide receivers Trent Taylor (1,803 yards) and Carlos Henderson (1,535) off to the NFL. The diminutive back had 515 rushing yards, 125 receiving yards and 199 kick return yards with six total scores last year.
Jun 19 - 6:02 PM

The Shreveport Times' Sean Isabella writes that Louisiana Tech senior WR Marlon Watts "has the ability to high point the ball down the field."

The Bulldogs have the high task of trying to replace the production of Carlos Henderson (82-1535-19) and Trent Taylor (136-1803-12) during the coming season. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Watts is one name to watch on that front. While he has never surpassed 16 receptions in a season, that could change soon, at least if the team's spring game is any indication. During those festivities, Watts led the team with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Smith, Javonte Woodard, Zach Cousar and Adrian Hardy are also potential contributors at wideout for 2017.
May 9 - 5:49 PM

Louisiana Tech sophomore QB Jack Abraham will transfer.

Abraham did not attempt a pass during his 2016 freshman season. ESPN graded him as a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle. Should the 6-foot, 198-pounder decide to take his talents to another FBS program, he would have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
May 5 - 5:31 PM


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