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Iowa officially confirmed QB Cody Sokol's transfer to Louisiana Tech.

Sokol also received interest from Ball State, Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Texas, South Alabama and Wake Forest. "Cody has been a tremendous team member and we appreciate all his efforts on the teams’ behalf," Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz wrote in a statement. The signal caller will graduate from Iowa in May, meaning he'll be eligible to play and compete for a starting job immediately at LTU.
Mar 17 - 7:33 PM

Former Iowa QB Cody Sokol has transferred to Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs beat out Ball State for Sokol's services. Sokol also received interest from Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Texas, South Alabama and Wake Forest. The signal caller will graduate from Iowa in May, meaning he'll be eligible to play and compete for a starting job immediately at LTU. "That’s all I could ask for, is an opportunity to go down there and be the starter," Sokol said. "That was my biggest thing I was looking at was playing time. I see a big hole in their offense at that (quarterback) position and am willing to fill it for a year. They said they have some good quarterbacks on their roster, the biggest thing is they haven’t matured yet. I feel like I bring a veteran role to Louisiana Tech."
Mar 15 - 2:22 PM

Louisiana Tech senior DT Justin Ellis offers little as an interior pass rusher, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Teams in need of a run stopper at the 0- or 1-technique could view him as an intriguing option," Brooks writes. We could not disagree with the evaluation more, as Ellis is at his best when extending his arms and getting upfield. Sure, he has the frame of a run stopper, but that is not Ellis' game. He flashed a nice spin move at both all-star events, however, at the Senior Bowl Ellis did attempt a rip move too often. He needs to improve against double teams, specifically lowering his hips and pad level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 1:05 PM

Manny Diaz has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Louisiana Tech, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Diaz signed on for the gig, according to Feldman, after declining to pursue other coaching opportunities from the "Big Ten, SEC & Pac-12 programs so he could be a DC." Diaz was forced to play scapegoat in Austin last year well before Mack Brown, getting axed as DC after an embarrassing loss to BYU in the season's second game. Diaz was also Mississippi State's coordinator in 2010. "I am very excited Manny Diaz is joining our staff," head coach Skip Holtz said in a statement. "He brings great experiences with a lot of success at a lot of different stops. He brings excitement, a passion for the game, plenty of experience and a reputation for success that precedes him."
Jan 22 - 10:07 AM

Louisiana Tech senior DL Justin Ellis accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Listed on Louisiana Tech's website at 6-foot-2, 357 pounds, the Monroe, La. native is a lane clogger in the middle of LTU's defense. Ellis was nearly unblockable in college when he got his pads low, but he can be neutralized when he begins playing upright.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz will start redshirt junior Scotty Young in the team's opener Saturday at North Carolina State.

A blast from the past for you recruitniks, Young signed with Texas Tech as a Top-10 QB recruit in 2010 after throwing for 8,962 yards and 129 TDs in two seasons as a high school starter at Denton (Texas) Ryan. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound signal-caller chose TTU because of Mike Leach's Air Raid offense, stuck with TTU after Leach was dismissed, didn't see the field in 2011 after redshirting his first year on campus, transferred to Louisiana Tech to play in Sonny Dykes' aerial offense, watched Dykes bolt for Cal, and saw his new school hire an old-school proponent of the run, Skip Holtz. It hasn't been the easiest ride so far, but perhaps Young's situation is on the upswing: Holtz lured offensive coordinator Tony Petersen away from Marshall, where Petersen directed an offense that ranked second in the nation in passes thrown last year.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 01:41:00 PM

Former USF redshirt junior WR Sterling Griffin has transferred to Louisiana Tech.

Griffin earned his degree this summer, so he will be eligible to play immediately. The receiver suffered a knee injury during the second game of the 2012 season, and has a longer injury history which includes the entire 2010 season and an ankle injury in 2011.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 08:50:00 AM

USF redshirt junior WR Sterling Griffin surprisingly announced his intention to transfer.

Griffin will graduate this summer then take his talents elsewhere. Since he will earn his degree, Griffin will not have to sit out a season of eligibility. He suffered a knee injury during the second game of last season, therefore Griffin might be granted an extra season due to an injury waiver. The redshirt junior also missed the 2010 season due to an ankle injury and four games in 2011.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Bears selected Louisiana Tech T/G Jordan Mills with the No. 163 overall pick.

Mills (6-foot-5, 316) has prototypical tackle build with 34-inch arms, and drew raves for his Senior Bowl performance. A right tackle at Louisiana Tech, Mills may have to kick to guard in the pros due to limited athleticism. He also managed only 20 bench-press reps. Mills does have a high enough long-term ceiling to develop into a starting guard or perhaps right tackle. The Bears will view him as a versatile reserve in year one.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 03:26:00 PM

49ers selected Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton with the No. 128 overall pick.

Patton (6-foot, 204) blew up for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns on 104 receptions (13.4 YPR) as a senior. Not an outstanding athlete, Patton managed a 4.53 forty and 33-inch vertical at the Combine. With sure hands, toughness, and smooth routes, Patton drew pre-draft comparisons to Reggie Wayne but openly likens himself to Chad Johnson. Rotoworld draft columnist Dumonjic Alen's No. 1-rated receiver in the entire draft, Patton will open his career competing for playing time with A.J. Jenkins behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:43:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline notes it is assumed Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton will be a mid-second round pick.

Patton has visited the Rams and Titans among others. "Besides being a terrific receiver Patton is spoken about as a hard working, high character prospect by NFL scouts," Pauline writes. He works best as an outside target on vertical bucket throws or when breaking back routes thanks to great body control.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Louisiana Tech RB Ray Holley visited the Patriots on Wednesday.

We know very little of Holley, as the focus of the Louisiana Tech offense focused on Colby Cameron and receiver Quinton Patton. Holley did rush for 740 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012 and should be available as an undrafted free agent.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton visited the Rams on Friday.

The Rams drafted Brian Quick with the first pick of the second-round last season, and utilized Chris Givens' vertical speed effectively, but they could absolutely use another receiver to help Sam Bradford. Patton is a super reliable target who excels on bucket throws and working back towards the quarterback. We expect the Rams to spend a first-round pick at the position.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 05:40:00 PM

Packers beat writer Ty Dunne tweeted that the Seahawks have been "very interested" in Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton, dating back to the 2011 season.

Patton is one of our favorites, winning with smoothness, body control, and fluidity. He isn't going to surprise athletically, but Patton gets the job done on vertical routes or comebacks by setting up his opposition. The Seahawks have already added Percy Harvin this offseason, and Patton is expected to be a second-round pick.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 11:39:00 AM

Louisiana Tech OL Oscar Johnson is a priority free agent talent, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Johnson played tackle in college but projects as a guard. Weidl believes he is "not a throw away," but "needs work but has short-area quicks and natural inline power." We think there is a shot he is selected in the sixth- or seventh-round.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 10:32:00 AM


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