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Louisiana Tech is the preseason favorite to repeat as Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champions while Bulldog wide receiver Quinton Patton is the preseason WAC offensive player of the year according to Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook.
Last season La Tech captured the WAC crown and participated in the Poinsettia Bowl against national power Texas Christian University. , The Bulldogs are picked first by the publication followed by Utah State, San Jose State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Texas State and UTSA.
Patton, who caught 79 passes for 1202 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, is one of four
Bulldogs to earn first team preseason honors on the offensive side of the football.
Quarterback Colby Cameron and offensive linemen Stephen Warner and Kevin Saia join the Patton on the publication's preseason first team offense.
The Bulldogs boasts three players on the defensive side of the football in defensive linemen IK Enemkpali and Justin Ellis and safety Chad Boyd.
La Tech claimed both of the kicking slots on Blue Ribbon's squad as kicker Matt Nelson and punter Ryan Allen were recognized. Last season, Allen won the Ray Guy Award which is awarded to the nation's top punter.
LA Tech led all the programs with nine members on the team followed by San Jose State (7), Utah State (5), Idaho (3) and New Mexico State (2). Neither Texas State nor UTSA had a player on the team.
Louisiana Tech opens the 2012 season on Aug. 30 as the Bulldogs host Texas A&M at Shreveport's Independence Stadium. Individual tickets for that and all six home games go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Fans wishing to purchase tickets can call 318-257-3631, email TechTickets@LATech.edu or visit www.LATechSports.com.
Photo courtesy of LA Tech
Photo caption: The La Tech Bulldogs are predicted to repeat as the Western Athletic Conference champions (Photo - La Tech stakes claim to the WAC trophy) in football.