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La. Tech eyes improvement in Holtz's second season

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Coach Skip Holtz won four games in his first season at Louisiana Tech in 2013 and the prospects for improvement this fall are far from certain.

Much will depend on production from some transfer players, the return to health of Tech's top running back and how the defense responds to new coordinator Manny Diaz.

Iowa transfer Cody Sokol is in the mix at quarterback. The receiving game is expected to get a boost from LSU transfer Paul Turner. Running back Kenneth Dixon, who scored 28 touchdowns in 2012, seeks to rebound from a punishing 2013 in which his production dipped.

It's not yet clear if Sokol will start the season opener at Oklahoma on Aug. 30. He's competing for the job with Ryan Higgins, a part-time starter last season.