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April 11, 2013

Five players to watch Saturday during Spring Game

In typical Spring Game fashion, there is always some surprise performers in Louisiana Tech's annual T-Day Spring Game inside Joe Aillet Stadium.

Today, we look at five new faces who could be in store for a big afternoon in this year's spring game.

Blake Martin, RB, 5-11, 195, RSo.
With Kenneth Dixon the lone returning starter on offense, Dixon will likely get few carries in the Spring Game Saturday. Skip Holtz is searching for his backup running back and Blake Martin is a player who has stepped un in a big way. Martin has a good mix of size, strength, speed and catching ability.
Jabari Prewitt, Nickle, 5-9, 182, Jr.
When Spring Practice started, Ruston High School product Kentrell Brice was in the nickleback position. Jabari Prewitt has since taken over those duties while Brice is playing strong safety. Prewitt has a good nose for the ball and really does well making plays behind the line of scrimmage. Prewitt and no. 2 quarterback Ryan Higgins were high school teammates at Hutto High School (Texas).
Mitch Villemez, LB, 6-1, 230, Jr.
Louisiana Tech returns very little at linebacker with much experience so they dipped into the Junior College ranks to get two early enrollees to try and bulster their depth at the position. One of those, Mitchell Villemez has already made his way into the rotation with the 1's. Villemez has the speed to play safety and size to play linebacker. He runs sideline to sideline very well and is a big hitter.
Vernon Butler, DT, 6-3, 300, So.
Entering the Spring, most thought that Tech's front four on defense was pretty well set. The 1's have two faces that come as a bit of a surprise. The primary being DT Vernon Butler. Butler and senior Shakeil Lucas are listed as "or's" at DT for the Bulldogs in the latest depth chart released by the Tech coaching staff. Butler was thrust into action this past season because of injuries and it seemed to have payed off for the youngster.
Jaydrick DeClouette, WR, 6-0, 175, RFr.
Losing Tech's deep play threat in Quinton Patton from a year ago, many wondered who would be Tech's deep play threat. It appears that player will be Jaydrick DeClouette. DeClouette has the quickness to get off of jams and can stretch the field.

Other players to watch are Jeremy Graffree who has made the move from offensive guard to tackle, WR Travis Reyes who has been a consistent pass catcher this Spring, and WR Paul Turner the LSU transfer who has the chance to make something special happen anytime the ball is thrown his direction.

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