2018 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team

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2018 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football
Louisiana Tech Athletics wordmark.svg
Hawaii Bowl champion
Hawaii Bowl, W 31–14 vs. Hawaii
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
Record8–5 (5–3 C-USA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTodd Fitch (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorBlake Baker (4th season)
Base defenseMultiple
Captains
  • O'Shea Dugas (Sr. year)
  • Teddy Veal (Sr. year)
  • Jaylon Ferguson (Sr. year)
  • Dae'Von Washington (Sr. year)
Home stadiumJoe Aillet Stadium
(Capacity: 28,562)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Conference USA football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Middle Tennessee x   7 1     8 6  
Marshall   6 2     9 4  
FIU   6 2     9 4  
Charlotte   4 4     5 7  
Florida Atlantic   3 5     5 7  
Old Dominion   2 6     4 8  
Western Kentucky   2 6     3 9  
West Division
UAB x$   7 1     11 3  
North Texas   5 3     9 4  
Louisiana Tech   5 3     8 5  
Southern Miss   5 3     6 5  
UTSA   2 6     3 9  
UTEP   1 7     1 11  
Rice   1 7     2 11  
Championship: UAB 27, Middle Tennessee 25
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

The 2018 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team represented Louisiana Tech University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at the Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana and competed in the West Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by sixth-year head coach Skip Holtz. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in C-USA play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl where they defeated Hawaii.

Previous season

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season 7–6, 4–4 in C-USA play to finish in fourth place in the West Division. They were invited to the Frisco Bowl where they defeated SMU.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Chuck Bednarik Award Jaylon Ferguson DE SR
Fred Biletnikoff Award Teddy Veal WR SR
Jim Thorpe Award Amik Robertson CB SO
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Jaylon Ferguson DE SR
Outland Trophy O'Shea Dugas OL SR
Wuerffel Trophy J'Mar Smith QB JR
Ted Hendricks Award Jaylon Ferguson DE SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award J'Mar Smith QB JR

Preseason All-Conference USA team

Conference USA released their preseason all-Conference USA team on July 16, 2018, with the Bulldogs having four players selected.

Preseason media poll

Conference USA released their preseason media poll on July 17, 2018, with the Bulldogs predicted to finish in second place in the West Division.

West Division
Predicted finish Team
1 North Texas
2 Louisiana Tech
3 UAB
4 Southern Miss
5 UTSA
T–6 Rice
T–6 UTEP

Roster

2018 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Rhashid Bonnette Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 3 Aaron Allen Fr
WR 4 Alfred Smith Redshirt.svg So
WR 6 Adrian Hardy Redshirt.svg So
QB 8 J'Mar Smith Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 9 Teddy Veal Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 10 Westin Elliott Jr
WR 11 Jon Randall Belton Redshirt.svg So
QB 13 Nate Cox Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 13 Isaiah Graham Jr
WR 14 Praise Okorie So
RB/WR 15 Kam McKnight Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 16 Zach Cousar Redshirt.svg So
WR 19 Smoke Harris Fr
RB 22 Israel Tucker Redshirt.svg So
RB 23 Jaqwis Dancy Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 24 Joshua Matthews Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 27 Cualan Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 29 DeAndre Marcus Fr
RB 30 Jordan Myles Fr
RB 31 Justin Henderson Redshirt.svg So
WR/RB 41 Bobby Holly Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 54 Hanner Shipley Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 55 Drew Kirkpatrick Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 56 Jacob Adams Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 57 DeVante Lovett Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 59 Noah Pitre Fr
OL 61 Ethan Reed Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 62 Abraham Delfin Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 64 Joshua Mote Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 65 Kody Russey Redshirt.svg So
OL 66 Shane Carpenter Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 68 Justin Throckmorton Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 69 Drake Carroll Fr
OL 72 Christian Henderson Fr
OL 73 Willie Allen Redshirt.svg So
OL 74 O'Shea Dugas Sr
OL 75 Michael Rodriguez Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 76 Biron Rossell Fr
OL 77 Gewhite Stallworth Sr
OL 78 Taylor Fondel Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 Griffin Hebert Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 81 Cee Jay Powell Redshirt.svg So
TE 82 Peyton Braswell Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 83 Jake Norris Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Javonte Woodard Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 86 Wayne Toussant Fr
WR 87 George Scott So
WR 89 Tahj Magee Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 2 Connor Taylor Jr
LB 3 Trey Baldwin Jr
CB 5 Michael Sam Redshirt.svg Jr
S 7 Jaiden Cole So
S 8 Brandon Floyd Jr
S 10 James Jackson Redshirt.svg Jr
S 14 Daniel Lewis Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 16 Reggie Cleveland Redshirt.svg So
CB 17 Brodrick Calhoun Fr
CB 18 Zach Hannibal Redshirt.svg So
S 20 Kollin Hurt Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 21 Amik Robertson So
CB 24 L'Jarius Sneed Jr
S 25 Bee Jay Williamson Fr
S 26 Jacorion Andrews Redshirt.svg Fr
S 28 Jordan Baldwin Sr
CB 30 Aaron Roberson Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 32 Trey Spencer Sr
LB 33 Dae'von Washington Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 35 Collin Scott Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 37 Ephraim Kitchen Redshirt.svg Jr
S 38 Darryl Lewis Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 39 Randy Hogan Sr
S 42 Derek Turner Fr
S 43 Xavier Lodge Fr
LB 44 Brandon Durman Sr
DE 45 Jaylon Ferguson Redshirt.svg Sr
S 46 Ezekiel Barnett Redshirt.svg So
DE 47 Eric Kendzior Jr
LB 48 Alex Zayed Redshirt.svg So
LB 49 Isaiah Windmon Fr
DT 50 Chris Spence Redshirt.svg So
DT 52 D. J. Jackson Fr
LB 56 Jacob Adams Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 58 Charles Adeola Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 86 Willie Baker Redshirt.svg So
DT 90 Courtney Wallace Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 91 Steven Shaw Fr
DT 92 La'Dante Davenport Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 93 Immmanuel Turner Sr
DT 94 Jordan Bradford Sr
DE 95 Matthew Ydarraga Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 96 Ka'Derrion Mason Jr
DE 97 Milton Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 98 Tristan Allen Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 99 Keonatye Garner Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 18 Will Parker Redshirt.svg Sr
K 29 Brady Farlow Jr
K 34 Bailey Hale Redshirt.svg Jr
P 36 Davan Dyer Sr
LS 40 Kyle Conrad Redshirt.svg So
LS 49 Reeves Blankenship Redshirt.svg Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: April 20, 2019

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.at South Alabama*ESPN+W 30–2613,457
September 86:00 p.m.Southern*ESPN+W 54–1722,926
September 226:00 p.m.at No. 6 LSU*ESPNUL 21–38102,321
September 296:30 p.m.at North TexasbeINW 29–2730,105
October 66:00 p.m.UAB
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
StadiumL 7–2818,983
October 136:00 p.m.at UTSAESPN+W 31–320,057
October 202:30 p.m.UTEP
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
ESPN+W 31–2418,972
October 265:30 p.m.at Florida AtlanticCBSSNW 21–1314,948
November 36:30 p.m.at No. 21 Mississippi State*SECNL 3–4558,709
November 106:00 p.m.Rice
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
ESPN+W 28–1315,283
November 172:30 p.m.at Southern MissStadiumL 20–2119,142
November 2411:00 a.m.Western Kentucky
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
CBSSNL 15–3011,459
December 229:30 p.m.at Hawaii*ESPNW 31–1430,911
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:

Radio

Radio coverage for all games will be broadcast statewide on the Louisiana Tech Sports Network by Learfield Sports. The radio announcers are Dave Nitz with play-by-play, Teddy Allen with color commentary, and Nick Brown with sideline reports.

Game summaries

at South Alabama

Louisiana Tech at South Alabama – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 7 13 3730
Jaguars 0 7 61326

at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL

  • Date: September 1
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C); partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 13,457
  • Referee: Steve LaMantia
  • TV: ESPN+
  • [1] [2] [3]
Game information

Southern

Southern at Louisiana Tech – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 7 7 3017
Bulldogs 21 10 14954

at Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

  • Date: September 8
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 82 °F (28 °C); cloudy
  • Game attendance: 22,926
  • Referee: Justin Elliott
  • TV: ESPN+
  • [4] [5] [6]
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at LSU

Louisiana Tech at LSU – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 7 7721
No. 6 Tigers 7 17 01438

at Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 78 °F (26 °C); light rain
  • Game attendance: 102,321
  • TV: ESPNU
  • [7] [8] [9]
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at North Texas

Louisiana Tech at North Texas – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 6 20 3029
Mean Green 21 0 6027

at Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX

  • Date: September 29
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C); overcast
  • Game attendance: 30,105
  • TV: beIN Sports
  • [10] [11] [12]
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UAB

UAB at Louisiana Tech – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Blazers 0 7 71428
Bulldogs 7 0 007

at Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

  • Date: October 6
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 78 °F (26 °C); scattered thunderstorms
  • Game attendance: 18,983
  • TV: Stadium
  • [13] [14] [15]
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at UTSA

Louisiana Tech at UTSA – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 7 10 7731
Roadrunners 0 0 303

at Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C); none (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 20,057
  • TV: ESPN+
  • [16] [17] [18]
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UTEP

UTEP at Louisiana Tech – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Miners 7 0 14324
Bulldogs 14 3 7731

at Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C); partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 18,972
  • TV: ESPN+
  • [19] [20] [21]
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at Florida Atlantic

Louisiana Tech at Florida Atlantic – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 14 0721
Owls 10 0 3013

at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

Game information

at Mississippi State

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
(LT) Bulldogs 3 0 003
No. 18 (MSST) Bulldogs 21 10 7745

at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C); clear
  • Game attendance: 58,709
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [25] [26] [27]
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Rice

Rice at Louisiana Tech – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 0 3 7313
Bulldogs 0 7 14728

at Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C); clear
  • Game attendance: 15,283
  • TV: ESPN+
  • [28] [29] [30]
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at Southern Miss

Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 7 10 0320
Golden Eagles 7 7 0721

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C); mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 19,142
  • TV: Stadium
  • [31] [32] [33]
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Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Hilltoppers 14 9 0730
Bulldogs 0 12 3015

at Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

Game information

vs. Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl)

Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rainbow Warriors 0 7 0714
Bulldogs 3 0 21731

at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 9:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C); fair
  • Game attendance: 30,911
  • TV: ESPN
  • [37] [38] [39]
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Players drafted into the NFL

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
3 85 Jaylon Ferguson DE Baltimore Ravens