Fall camp has gotten underway for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and one concern for the Dawgs was depth at quarterback. Although J’Mar Smith is expected to provide Tech with quality play as the starter, the offseason saw the expected second and third string players Jack Abraham and Price Wilson transfer out. This, on top of already losing last year’s starter Ryan Higgins, left the QB room looking pretty bare. Tech had signed one quarterback, Elijah Walker; they also later added JUCO transfer Weston Elliot in response to the transferring.
La Tech has now made one more last minute addition to their quarterback unit in the form of 6’8” 200 lbs Nate Cox from St. Thomas More in Lafayette. He started for the Cougars in 2016, but that was his only action. The lack of experience kept him from being a sought after recruit, but the time he did see led to some impressive numbers. Cox led St. Thomas More to District and State championships while throwing for over 3500 yards. He tossed 48 touchdowns with only five picks and found himself several postseason honors, such as District Offensive MVP, All District, All Acadiana, two separate all-state lists, and the I-10 All Star Game.
Cox joins a former teammate, freshman wide out Griffin Hebert, on the Bulldogs roster. The other quarterbacks listed are J’Mar Smith, Weston Elliot, Elijah Walker, Jon Randall Belton, and Justin Stolberg. Smith, a redshirt sophmore, and Belton, a redshirt freshman, are the only returners from last year. Elliot is a sophomore, while the rest are true freshmen. Although Smith has secured the starting job, it will be interesting to see who earns the back up and third string jobs.