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Former Ruston High School star Javontay Crowe (47) was one of the Louisiana Tech University players helping out earlier this spring as an instructor at the Fred Dean “Pro Camp” at the Bulldogs’ practice field. Crowe, a senior safety, is one of Tech’s key defensive returnees from the 2011 Western Athletic Conference championship squad that is ranked in the Top 50 of a preseason national poll.

When the 2011 season began, Louisiana Tech University had a preseason ranking in the low 80s for the CollegeFootballNews.com national poll.

And for a while, at the start of the campaign, it appeared as if the Bulldogs might do well to even rate that high.

Tech lost four of its first five games, but then recovered to take seven consecutive wins, capture a Western Athletic Conference title and play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

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