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August 5, 2013

Tech opens Fall Camp with hot practice no. 1


RUSTON - Louisiana Tech held a two-and-a-half hour session in 97 degree heat and a heat index of close to 110 degrees as the Bulldogs opened up fall camp Monday under the direction of new head coach Skip Holtz.

The team practiced on the Tech Practice Fields in the NCAA-mandated helmets and shorts only and even ran through the first portion of practice without helmets due to the heat.

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The high temperatures and pace of practice provided a great test of the conditioning level of the players entering fall camp.

"Overall, for the most part, for it to be 110 degrees (head index) out here and for them to come out here and do what they did for as long as they did, I like the way they are working," Holtz said. "I think they are in shape, a lot of guys have changed their bodies and I like the way that they look. Like I said, we will learn a lot more as we get through this week."

Like most other teams, the coaching staff was positive following the first practice of the fall.

"Day one is always the most positive, most upbeat [practice]," explained Holtz. "Everybody has been waiting for it for four months and a long summer. We will find out what the attitude and what everything is like when we get in the middle of two-a-days."

One player that was noticeably fit for camp and running at 100 percent was Tevin King. The running back injured his knee during Tech's 52-24 win at Illinois last year and his long-awaited return finally came Monday with positive results.

"Right now he is healthy, he is 100 percent and he said he feels great running around. It was good to see him out there, to see [Matt] Shepperd out there, to see [Vince] Cano out there and some of these guys that missed the spring. It was positive. We need every one of those pieces to put this whole thing together. It was nice to see Tevin because I think he is electric. Just like I said about everything else, when you have to tackle him is when he is going to really show up."

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