Feb. 13, 2013
New Orleans - The Tulane football team took the field for the first of 15 spring practices this morning at the Saints Indoor Practice Facility and the Green Wave worked in shorts and helmets for two hours.
While cool, rainy weather overtook much of the city on Wednesday, Tulane didn't miss a beat in the indoor facility. The Green Wave spent its first day installing the base offense and defense packages, several 7-of-7 and team drills and special teams.
The team got its first look at spring newcomers Chris Davenport, a defensive tackle who transferred to Tulane from LSU, deep snapper Michael Lizanich, a freshman who enrolled early, and quarterback Nick Montana, a junior college transfer from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Also returning to the squad was senior cornerback Jordan Sullen, who missed last season and last played when he started all 12 games in 2011.
"I thought today was an excellent practice and it was 10 times better than our first spring practice last year because our players now have a year in our system," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "Everyone knew where to go but more importantly they understood what to do and they did it fast. We were a little excited at the beginning because we turned our walk-through into a run-through so we had to slow them down.
"I thought all the quarterbacks had a good day and Jordan Batiste had a great interception. Overall, I thought we practiced well today and we are going to have a few position battles to watch this spring."
The Green Wave returns to the gridiron on Friday at the Saints Facility and will also practice at the venue on Saturday. All practices at the Saints training facilities will be closed to both the media and the public.