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  Three Louisiana Tech senior football players decided last week forego the remainder of their careers in Ruston and enter their names in the 2021 NFL Draft. During his Zoom teleconference Tuesday, Tech head football coach Skip Holtz said while starting left tackle Donavaughn Campbell, wide receiver Adrian Hardy and running back Justin Henderson told him of their intentions prior to them announcing their departure from the program, he said he didn't agree with all three leaving before the 2020 season wraps up.

"They all three informed me of their decision. They came to me and told me this is where they are," Holtz said. "They're all seniors. They're all big boys and they need to make their own decision. I told them I didn't necessarily agree with it, but I wasn't there to argue with them. If they felt like that was in their best interest, then I would respect it. I would support it. "I asked them to explain to me why. I understand why they made their decision. I don't agree with all of them, but it's not my decision. It's their decision and we're going to react and respond to them with the players that are on this roster that want to play and represent Louisiana Tech." - Monroe News Star


(DS#57 OG) rSr/2021 OG Donavaughn CampbellLouisiana Tech
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  11/22/20 - Adrian HardyrSr/2021, Louisiana Tech, 6-1, 205 (DS#90 WR) + More +

  Make it two Louisiana Tech seniors this week that have foregone the remainder of the 2020 season to start preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft. Two days after left tackle Donavaughn Campbell made his intentions known, wide receiver Adrian Hardy announced via his Twitter page he would be entering his name in the NFL Draft and skipping the rest of the season with the Bulldogs. When asked before this year kicked off why he decided to come back and how he blocks out talks of his potential future in the NFL, Hardy said he just takes it one day at a time. You can't get too caught up in the talk," he said. "I just work every day, that's really it." Hardy is widely considered one of Louisiana Tech's top eligible pro prospects this year and is currently projected as a late round to undrafted free agent signee. - Monroe News Star

(DS#90 WR) rSr/2021 WR Adrian HardyLouisiana Tech
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  As Louisiana Tech navigates a three-week stretch where it hasn't played a game due to COVID-19 related issues either within the program or within opposing teams, three seniors have now decided to move on. Bulldog senior running back Justin Henderson is the latest to announce his intention to forego the remainder of the 2020 season and enter his name into the 2021 NFL Draft process. Left tackle Donavaughn Campbell and wide receiver Adrian Hardy both entered their names in the Draft earlier this week. Henderson released a statement on his Twitter page, citing the uncertainty of if Tech will be able to play any more games as well as his own personal recovery from testing positive for COVID-19.

Henderson had a stellar junior campaign in 2019, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, but has struggled to get his feet under him in 2020. He started the year as the sure-fire starter at running back but as the season has progressed, the position went to more of a tandem approach with fellow back Israel Tucker. In seven games, the 5-10, 218-pound bruising back has 75 carries for 252 yards, averaging just 36 yards per game, and along with two scores. - Monroe News Star


(DS#26 RB) rSr/2021 RB Justin HendersonLouisiana Tech
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  For the second time this season, Louisiana Tech has lost its starting left tackle. Donavaughn Campbell announced Monday afternoon his intention to forego the remainder of his senior season and enter his name in the 2021 NFL Draft. Tech has three scheduled games left on its 2020 season, including the cancellation of its game against Louisiana-Monroe in Shreveport that was supposed to happen this weekend. Campbell, who was set to be the starting right guard for the Bulldogs after transferring from LSU as a graduate transfer last offseason, took over the left tackle position at the beginning on this year after former starter Willie Allen missed the first few games before opting out and transferring to Michigan in October. Skip Holtz has called Campbell "a special talent" and the 6-5, 353-pound lineman started six games at left tackle this season, the one game he missed he was out due to COVID-19 related issues. While he's played at tackle this season, the senior projects to play at guard in the NFL. - Monroe News Star

(DS#57 OG) rSr/2021 OG Donavaughn CampbellLouisiana Tech
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  11/02/20 - Aaron AllenrSo/2023, Louisiana Tech, 6-1, 203 (DS#57 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UAB QB Aaron Allen came off the bench to lead Louisiana Tech to a 37-34 comeback victory over UAB in double overtime, completing 18-of-26 passes for a career-high 191 yards and had two touchdown passes with zero interceptions. With the Bulldogs trailing 31-17 heading into the fourth quarter, Allen connected with redshirt junior WR Jawaun Johnson for a 30-yard touchdown on the first play of the period to make it a one possession game. With UAB leading 31-24 with 2:05 to go in the fourth, Allen lead the Bulldogs on a 13-play, 90-yard drive down the field.

Allen ended the drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Adrian Hardy which tied the game at 31-31 with 10 seconds left in regulation. Allen remained at quarterback through both overtime periods where he helped set up K Jacob Barnes for a 36-yard and a 35-yard field goal to secure the win. With Allen winning the award this week and Bulldogs graduate transfer Luke Anthony winning the Sept. 28 award, LA Tech is the first school in league history to have two different quarterbacks earn C-USA Offensive player of the Week honors in the same season. - Conference USA Football


(DS#57 QB) rSo/2023 QB Aaron AllenLouisiana Tech
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  NOV 2 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Louisiana Tech sophomore DB Bee Jay Williamson had a career game in Louisiana Tech's 37-34 double-overtime victory over UAB, recording 10 tackles and intercepting a career-best two passes against the Blazers, returning one for 79 yards. Williamson's second interception came in the second quarter where he returned it for two yards before he lateraled the ball to senior defensive back Khalil Ladler who then ran it for an 81-yard touchdown. Williamson also recorded a crucial pass breakup on a UAB third down play late in the fourth quarter to force a Blazer punt. The Bulldogs tied the game on the next drive to force overtime. In the second overtime period, Williamson forced a fumble at the goal line that was then recovered by senior defensive back Zach Hannibal to give LA Tech possession and the chance to win the game on the next possession. - Conference USA Football

(DS#21 SS) rSo/2023 SS Bee Jay WilliamsonLouisiana Tech
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  11/02/20 - Jacob BarnesrFr/2024, Louisiana Tech, 5-08, 170 (DS#13 K) + More +

  NOV 2 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Louisiana Tech redshirt freshman K/P Jacob Barnes made the game-winning 35-yard field goal in double-overtime in the 37-34 LA Tech comeback victory over UAB. He made three of four field goal attempts in the game, including one in each overtime period to secure the win. Barnes was perfect in extra point attempts against the Blazers, making all four point after kicks to remain perfect in PATs this season. He also punted the ball six times for an average of 42.5 yards against UAB, including a career-long 53 yard punt, and placed three punts inside the UAB 20. This is the second Special Teams Player of the Week award for Barnes this season. This is the first time that one school has won all three awards since North Texas did it on Sept. 17, 2018. - Conference USA Football

(DS#13 K) rFr/2024 K Jacob BarnesLouisiana Tech
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  10/31/20 - Aaron AllenrSo/2023, Louisiana Tech, 6-1, 203 (DS#57 QB) + More +

  Aaron Allen threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, Jacob Barnes made a 35-yard field goal in the second overtime and Louisiana Tech beat UAB 37-34 on Saturday night. UAB (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA) led 31-17 at the end of the third quarter. Allen threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jawaun Johnson to open the fourth, and a 24-yard score to Adrian Hardy with 10 seconds left to force overtime. The teams traded field goals in the first overtime. Bee Jay Williamson, who also had two interceptions for Louisiana Tech (4-3, 3-2), forced a Spencer Brown fumble in the second OT that set up Barnes' game-winning kick. Allen was 18-of-26 passing for 191 yards. Luke Anthony was 11 of 20 for 141 yards passing with a touchdown. Hardy caught two touchdown passes and finished with seven receptions for 101 yards. Brown and DeWayne McBride each had two touchdown runs for UAB. Brown finished with 140 yards, and McBride had 133, including a 75-yard scoring run. Williamson intercepted a Bryson Lucero pass and then lateraled to Khalil Ladler, who ran 81 yards untouched along the sideline and into the end zone, giving the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead. - AP College Football

(DS#57 QB) rSo/2023 QB Aaron AllenLouisiana Tech
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  OCT 26 CONFERENCE USA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Louisiana Tech LB Trey Baldwin led Louisiana Tech with a career-high 18 tackles, including 14 solo tackles, in the Bulldogs' 27-26 loss at UTSA. His 18 tackles tied for the seventh most in a single game nationally this season, while his 14 solo tackles rank second in the nation. Baldwin was the first Bulldog to record 18 tackles in a single game since Jay Dudley had 18 against Fresno State on Nov. 6, 2010. Against the Roadrunners, Baldwin recorded 2.0 tackles for loss, including his first career sack, his second career interception which he returned for 10 yards and one pass breakup. Baldwin now ranks 12th in the nation in tackles per game at 11.4 and 24th in solo tackles per game at 6.8. - Conference USA Football

(DS#75 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Trey BaldwinLouisiana Tech
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  10/13/20 - Cedric WoodsFr/2024, Louisiana Tech, 5-09, 170 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  It may be time to anoint freshman Cedric Woods as a gamechanger. Matching up with some of the better wide receivers in C-USA in the first two league games, including UTEP's duo of senior Justin Garrett and sophomore Jacob Cowing, Woods held his own. Woods allowed four of six passes completed thrown his way but he prevented the big play from happening as UTEP had multiple drives where it could've taken the lead. Woods' interception was one of the clutch plays for the Bulldogs with 7:04 left. Hardison loaded up to take a deep shot with his team trailing 21-17, but the Carroll product went up and snatched the pass out of the air. "Cedric is loud with his play and I'm proud of the way he's stepped in. We signed (junior college) players, transfers, upperclassmen to come in and help with depth in our young secondary," Holtz said. "But it's been a freshman from Monroe that's wowed everybody." - Monroe News Star

(DS#42 CB) Fr/2024 CB Cedric WoodsLouisiana Tech
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  10/10/20 - Israel TuckerrSr/2021, Louisiana Tech, 5-08, 200 (DS#86 RB) + More +

  Israel Tucker ran for two touchdowns, leading Louisiana Tech to a 21-17 victory over UTEP on Saturday night. Tucker had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and bulled into the end zone from the 1 that stretched the Bulldogs' lead to 21-10 with about 12 minutes remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, Duron Lowe ran untouched 100 yards into the end zone for UTEP (3-2, 0-1 Conference USA). The Miners forced a punt on fourth-and-8 with about six minutes left, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the ball back to the Bulldogs, who then ran the clock down to 32 seconds. UTEP fumbled the ball on its own 14-yard line three plays later. Justin Henderson had a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for Louisiana Tech (3-1, 2-0), which finished with just 210 yards of offense. - AP College Football

(DS#86 RB) rSr/2021 RB Israel TuckerLouisiana Tech
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  09/28/20 - Luke AnthonyrSr/2021, Louisiana Tech, 6-0, 210 (DS#40 QB) + More +

  SEPT 28 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Louisiana Tech graduate QB Luke Anthony accounted for six touchdowns after posting five touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in a 66-38 win over Houston Baptist, becoming the fifth player in program history to account for at least six TDs in a single game. It was only the third time in program history that a LA Tech quarterback has passed for five touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in a single game. The Dallas native threw four TD passes in the first half to become the first Bulldog QB to do so since Ryan Higgins in 2016 and became the seventh LA Tech quarterback to throw for five touchdowns in a single game.

Anthony threw three passing touchdowns of 40-plus yards against the Huskies with throws of 44, 43 and 41 yards. In his first career start for the Bulldogs, Anthony finished the day 17-of-30 for 314 yards. He has now passed for eight touchdowns in the first two games of the season which is the most by a Louisiana Tech QB in the Division I era of the program (since 1975). His eight passing touchdowns this season currently rank second in the nation. Anthony was also named to the Davey O'Brien Award Great 8 list of eight outstanding FBS quarterbacks in week four. - Conference USA Football


(DS#40 QB) rSr/2021 QB Luke AnthonyLouisiana Tech
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  09/26/20 - Luke AnthonyrSr/2021, Louisiana Tech, 6-0, 210 (DS#40 QB) + More +

  Luke Anthony threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Louisiana Tech to a 66-38 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday night. Anthony threw touchdown passes of 44 and 43 yards Wayne Toussant in the first quarter. Isaiah Graham had two 15-yard TD receptions, the second a juggling catch that gave the Bulldogs (2-0) a 38-14 lead with about 3 minutes remaining before halftime. Anthony added a 41-yard TD pass to Jawaun Johnson and bulled into the end zone from the 1 to stretch the lead to 52-24 late in the third quarter. Anthony finished 17-of-30 passing for 340 yards. Bailey Zappe was 37 of 58 for 406 yards passing and threw five touchdown passes - each from inside the 6 - and had an interception to lead Houston Baptist (0-3). Jerreth Sterns made 14 catches for 138 yards and three TDs. Ben Ratzlaff had 10 receptions for 127 yards and two scores. - AP College Football

(DS#40 QB) rSr/2021 QB Luke AnthonyLouisiana Tech
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  09/21/20 - Jacob BarnesrFr/2024, Louisiana Tech, 5-08, 170 (DS#13 K) + More +

  SEPT 21 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Louisiana Tech redshirt freshman K Jacob Barnes was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra point attempts in Louisiana Tech's 31-30 victory over Southern Miss, including the game-winning PAT in the final seconds to lift the Bulldogs over the Golden Eagles. The redshirt freshman kicker from Baton Rouge also made a 28-yard field goal in his only attempt of the night. - Conference USA Football

(DS#13 K) rFr/2024 K Jacob BarnesLouisiana Tech
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  Griffin Hebert made a spectacular 4-yard touchdown catch underneath the goal post with 14 seconds left as Louisiana Tech rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Southern Mississippi 31-30 on Saturday night in a Conference USA opener. On fourth down, Luke Anthony scrabbled around the pocket and then tossed the ball to Hebert, who made a two-handed jumping catch while being pushed by two defenders out of bounds. Herbert kept his left foot just inside the end zone. The play was initially ruled incomplete and reversed after a lengthy review. Anthony was 13 of 21 for 149 yards with three touchdown passes for Louisiana Tech in its season opener. Hebert finished with five catches for 48 yards including a 5-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Aaron Allen.

Jack Abraham was 24-of-32 passing for 264 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for Southern Miss (0-2, 0-1). Tim Jones had eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Trailing 27-10 midway through the third quarter, Anthony threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Hardy. Anthony then tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Smoke Harris, who made an over-the-shoulder catch between two defenders that pulled the Bulldogs to 27-24 at the end of the third quarter. It was interim coach Scott Walden's debut for the Golden Eagles. He replaced Jay Hopson of Sept. 7. Hopson was 28-23 in five seasons at Southern Miss. Capacity was limited to 25% at 36,000-seat M.M. Roberts Stadium. Six feet of social distancing was required and tailgating prohibited. - AP College Football


(DS#119 WR) rJr/2022 WR Griffin HebertLouisiana Tech
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