Spring superlatives: Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech had so many injuries last season that the word “depth” was omitted from its depth chart. However, it did give several young players a chance to get on the field, which will help first-year head coach Sonny Dykes find some added depth. The Bulldogs are in the midst of transitioning to a spread offense. Dykes hasn’t named a quarterback and is still looking for replacements for running back Daniel Porter and tight end Dennis Morris.

Here’s a look at the strongest and weakest positions for Louisiana Tech this spring:

Strongest position: Linebacker

Key returners: Senior Tank Calais (77 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack), junior Jay Dudley (75 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks), junior Adrien Cole (93 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks)

Key departures: None.

The skinny: Linebacker is the only defensive position that returns every starter from a year ago and some backups that have emerged in the spring. Sophomore Solomon Randle actually surged ahead of Adrien Cole this past spring, giving the Bulldogs four competent linebackers. Randle finished with 30 tackles as a redshirt freshman a year ago. The Bulldogs ranked second in the WAC in total defense last season and should have similar success in 2010. A lot of attention is being paid to Jay Dudley, who is poised to have a big 2010.

Weakest position: Punter

Key returners: Sophomore Cade Glasgow (37.3 yards per punt)

Key departures: None.

The skinny: Cade Glasgow ranked fifth in the WAC last season, but had a rough spring and slipped to third string behind walk-ons Jared Hylander and Stuart Scurria. The punting game has been a source of consternation for new head coach Sonny Dykes and his coaching staff as none of the three competitors has shown the consistency to be effective once the season starts. The Bulldogs did not recruit a punter in this class, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them shopping for one.