Former Iowa QB will start for Louisiana Tech

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were plagued by poor quarterback play during Skip Holtz‘s first season as head coach. Holtz will now lean on a transfer from the Big Ten Conference to turn the offense around during his season season.

Iowa transfer Cody Sokol was named the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback Monday.

“He’s won the job with the way he’s protected it, and the way he’s learned the offense and some of the plays he’s made,” Holtz told the Shreveport Times.

Sokol didn’t play a meaningful snap during his two-year stay in Iowa City. Once the quarterback graduated from Iowa, Sokol began to search for a new home. He found one in Ruston, Louisiana.

“It was a hard year for him but that’s why I have such great respect for him,” Holtz said. “I’m glad we have him. I’m glad that he’s made the progress that he has, and I think he’s going to be an outstanding quarterback here.”

Holtz said he is confident in both the quarterbacks that competed for the starting job. Sophomore Ryan Higgins started six games last season. But this was Sokol’s job to lose after the team pursued him to be a one-year stop gap. Higgins’ 6-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ration simply isn’t good enough.

Sokol will have to prove he is the player last seen at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College if the Bulldogs are going to improve dramatically from last season’s 4-8 record.

(Hat Tip: NBC’s KTVE)