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Louisiana Tech Ryan Higgins won’t start opener

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs quarterback Ryan Higgins (14) during a NCAA Division I football game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the UTSA Roadrunners in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Photographer: John Albright/Icon Sportswire
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Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins will not start the season opener against Arkansas after Higgins was arrested in the off-season for a DWI, head coach Skip Holtz announced.

In what will be his senior redshirt season with the Bulldogs, Higgins will already not be under center for the opening game after having bided his time since arriving on campus in 2012.

Originally a three-star recruit out of Hutto, Texas, Higgins chose Tech over Memphis when deciding on a school and has remained in the program with the hope of having the keys to a high-octane offense as a senior.

He played in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, throwing six touchdowns, but also 13 interceptions on the way to a 1,715-yard season. Over the next two years, he’d throw just a combined 35 passes, while tossing one touchdown and three interceptions in 12 games.

Taking his place under center will presumably be sophomore Price Wilson, who is the only other quarterback on the roster with experience having taken snaps.

The Bulldogs went 9-4 in Holtz’s third season in 2015, including a win over Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl. Following in the footsteps of quarterback Jeff Driskel, who was a weekly point-accumulation machine, Higgins looked to take the ball next and keep running. That will have to wait until at least Week 2 following his arrest for a DWI in the off-season.

The opener against Arkansas is not the only collision for Tech in the non-conference as Weeks 2 and 3 will feature matchups against South Carolina and Texas Tech, respectively

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