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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

Cowboys selected Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Woods (5’11/197) was a four-year starter, tallying 14 career interceptions and earning first-team All-Conference USA twice. Woods generated buzz at January’s East-West Shrine game, then showed above-par athleticism at the Combine with 51st-percentile SPARQ results, passable 4.54 speed, and an especially impressive 6.72 three-cone time. Woods is on the smaller side for an NFL safety and needs to improve his tackling efficiency, but he possesses big-league movement skills and field-flipping playmaking ability. He’s a sleeper to severely outperform his draft slot.
Apr 29 - 4:20 PM

49ers selected Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor with the No. 177 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Taylor (5’8/181) complemented Carlos Henderson at slot receiver in Louisiana Tech's passing game, leading the nation in receiving yards as a senior with a 136/1,803/12 (13.3 YPR) stat line and finishing his career with an absurd 327 receptions. Quicker than fast, Taylor’s agility showed up at the Combine in his three-cone (6.74) and short-shuttle (4.01) times. Taylor is a diminutive, slot-only prospect with tiny arms (28 ¼") and 4.63 speed, but he is sure handed with run-after-catch creativity and has a chance to become a Cole Beasley- or Danny Amendola-type player in the pros.
Apr 29 - 3:38 PM

Broncos selected Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson with the No. 82 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Henderson (5’11/199) turned pro following a breakout redshirt junior campaign, tallying an 82-1,535-19 (18.7 YPR) receiving line after failing to hit 800 yards in each of his first two seasons. Henderson returned kicks throughout college, scoring three times and finishing No. 2 in the nation with a 32.2-yard average in 2016. The top post-catch receiver in this year’s draft, PFF College charted Henderson with a nation-best 48 missed tackles forced last season. C-USA scouts told Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline that Henderson was "impossible to cover." With 4.46 jets and an explosive broad jump (10’11"), Henderson profiles as a dynamic slot-flanker with field-flipping special teams value.
Apr 28 - 10:28 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor to Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley.

"Beasley is a better athlete (faster straightaway speed and better jumper) but their playing styles are remarkably similar," notes the PFF analysis crew. "Both are the same size, and both play with a chip on their shoulder from being told they were too small." Taylor measured out at 5-foot-8, 181 pounds when he was in town for the NFL Scouting Combine last month. PFF might see a bit of Beasley in Taylor's game, but NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is dubious as to whether the Louisiana Tech's wideout's skill-set will translate to the NFL, writing in his scouting breakdown that "his size and lack of explosive punt return talent could make his path to an NFL roster challenging."
Apr 18 - 6:07 PM

Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods visited the Bucs on Monday, according to Josh Norris.

Woods will be drafted on the second day despite being projected to the third by many analysts. We love his combination of coverage skills and aggression when moving forward. He played all over the defensive backfield for the Bulldogs. Woods previously visited the Cowboys.
Apr 11 - 9:06 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Carolina Panthers are strongly considering selecting a speed receiver on Day 2.

Carlos Henderson would be an interesting option here. Pauline believes as much, slotting the 5-foot-11, 199-pounder to the Panthers in the second round of each of his last two mock drafts. Wrote the analyst, "I feel he’d be perfect in the Ted Ginn Jr. role." Adding fuel to this speculative fire, Carolina has both met with Henderson and put him through a private workout. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Henderson as the No. 3 wideout in this draft class.
Apr 6 - 8:45 PM


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