2012 LOUSIANA TECH FOOTBALL PREVIEW: LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS TEAM FACTS:
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were one of the biggest surprises of the 2011 season and captured the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) crown for the first time since 2001. With an impressive 8-5 record overall and a 6-1 record in the WAC, the Bulldogs managed to gain a bowl berth in the Poinsettia Bowl against Texas Christian University (TCU). Looking ahead to 2012, head coach Sonny Dykes and Bulldog fans have high hopes for their squad, who proved to be one of the most efficient and defensively strong teams of the 2011 season.
While Dykes' background was built on the passing-heavy "Airraid" offense, the Bulldogs were a team that lived and died by the running game during 2011. Running back Hunter Lee looked great during his limited action last season, so he is expected to start and split carries with Lyle Fitte in the backfield. Louisiana Tech's offense was at its best last season when quarterback Colby Cameron took over, and he finished the year with 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions. At receiver, Quinton Patton returns as the No. 1 receiver, but the team will need more support from his supporting cast to become more efficient. The offensive line should continue to be the strength of the team, with seven seniors returning from the 2011 squad.
One of the Bulldogs' strongest units during the 2011 season was their defense, but this side of the ball will see significant changes this season. While they did give up nearly 250 yards per game, they managed to put significant pressure on the quarterback and managed more than two sacks per game. The team will lose both defensive end starters, but will expect more production out of defensive tackles like Ik Enemkpali. The linebacking corps will be lead by Rufus Porter, but it will be difficult to replace the team's leading tacklers from a year ago. The secondary looks to be the strength of the team in 2012, as new cornerback starters will provide an injection of youth, while the safety position will be anchored by five senior players.
Due to their impressive showing during 2011, the Bulldogs have a far more difficult schedule heading into next season. The team will face many tough non-conference opponents this year, such as Texas A&M, the University of Houston and the University of Illinois. If the Bulldogs can take care of business in the WAC and steal a few of their out-of-conference matchups, they should have a good shot to repeat as WAC champions and may even crack into the BCS rankings.
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