Tech's Secondary Ready for the Challenge

Dave Clark (latechsports.com)

One of the hottest topics in fall camp has been the play of Dave Clark at cornerback along with Ryan Williams moving to safety. What do the two players think about the move and are they ready to put their new look on the field?

"There's still a learning curve," said Dave Clark, who had several big interceptions in fall camp. "It's a long camp. We still have a lot of work left to do to be great and that's what we want to do."

Louisiana Tech Defensive Coordinator moved Ryan Williams, Tech's best cover guy in 2010, to safety this offseason. One of the reasons for the move was the emergence of Clark. "It feels pretty good," Clark said about the coaches trusting the other cornerbacks enough to move Williams to safety. "Ryan Williams is a good athlete. He goes fast all the time. He goes 100%."

"Part of it's a business decision," admitted Williams. "If I can show my versatility, it will halp my resume. Mainly, I'm just trying to help the team. If they need me at safety, I will play safety."

With Williams, Clark, Jamel Johnson, and Justin Goodman all arriving on campus last year, the group kind of got thrown to the wolves. Now all four players will start in the Tech secondary. "Last year it was the first year here for all of us," said Williams. "We had a hard time because we were learning the defense. Now we can grasp what Coach Spangler is trying to do. Now we're just making it work."

If Williams and Clark can make things work in the secondary, the entire defense will benefit. They will get their first shot at things on Saturday night in Hattiesburg.

What will help the seondary, is defensive ends Matt Broha and I.K. Enemkplali disrupting the Southern Miss backfield. "We love our D-line," added Williams. "They get after it. They give us a big advantage. A lot of times the quarterback will just throw it up and we just have to be in position."

With the four veteran defensive backs on the field together in 2011, Louisiana Tech should be in better position to defend against some of the quarterbacks they will face this year. In the first five games, the Bulldogs will face Austin Davis from USM, Case Keenum from Houston, and Bryant Moniz from Hawaii. They will have their work cut out for them, but Clark, Williams, and co. are ready for the test.

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