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Despite big losses, Tech earns respect for 2013 grid season
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Leader photo by O.K. DAVIS Kick return specialist and wide receiver D.J. Banks will be one of the top returnees for Louisiana Tech University’s football team in 2013. The former West Monroe High School star who transferred to Tech from Tulane is due to play a key role in the Bulldogs’ quest to remain among the most successful NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision programs in the nation.

Even with more than 30 seniors graduating — several of the All-Star variety — Louisiana Tech University built enough of a national reputation on the gridiron in 2012 that a carryover value will be in effect for this fall.

Look no further than one of the earliest preseason polls to be announced for the next season that is still more than eight months.

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 38 the annual preseason Top 50 poll announced by The Bleacher Report website.

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