Junior quarterback Nick Montana tosses one skyward during Saturday's practice at the New Orleans Saints indoor facility.
Feb. 23, 2013
METAIRIE, La. - Green Wave quarterbacks took center stage as the Tulane University football team wrapped up week two of spring practice with its seventh session on Saturday morning at the New Orleans Saints indoor facility on Airline Drive.
Juniors Nick Montana and Jordy Joseph, along with redshirt-freshman Devin Powell, took turns making highlight-reel throws that drew hoots and hollers from offensive and defensive teammates alike. All told, however, second-year head coach Curtis Johnson said he was a bit disappointed with his team's performance on Saturday.
"I thought it was a little bit of a let-down today," Johnson said. "We had a couple of guys nicked up and we didn't practice with the energy and the enthusiasm as we usually do. But it was a good practice. I thought we improved. I think our team is coming along really well.
"Nick did a great job today. He got outside of the pocket and made some good throws. Devin Powell made some deep throws that were amazing. He had guys hanging all on him and was able to throw it. And Jordy did his job of throwing the ball in there, too. We did well of both throwing and catching the ball today - much better than we've been - but I think overall, practice was just okay."
Defensively, senior linebacker Dominique Robertson had a pass break-up and a fumble recovery, and junior linebacker Taylor Bullock had a pass break-up of his own. Redshirt-sophomore defensive tackle Corey Redwine and senior defensive lineman Julius Warmsley each had a solo sack while Wendell Beckwith and Kenny Welcome combined for another, and junior safety Sam Scofield tallied the day's lone interception
The day, however, belonged to the offense. In one-on-one drills, all three quarterbacks connected on long, short and intermediate routes and the big throws continued as the practice moved along. In seven-on-seven, Montana had touchdown strikes to Devon Breaux and Wilson Van Hooser and Joseph connected with Breaux for another score.
Joseph added a touchdown pass to junior Xavier Rush in full-team drills, Powell connected with senior wideout Ryan Grant on a pass that got the offense inside the five-yard line, and the running back tandem of junior Danté Butler and redshirt-freshman Lazedrick Thompson both picked up sizeable chunks of yardage. Grant turned in the play of the day as he leaped for a one-handed grab of a Montana offering for a 25-yard gain.
"Starting today, we've been reviewing," Johnson added. "We're starting all over again. We're starting just like it's day one, just like they've never heard it before. We're starting with our base install and will just keep moving."
The Green Wave will enjoy a day off on Sunday before returning to practice on Monday with a closed session on Monday. Tulane will hold a pair of open practices on Saturday, March 2, and again on Saturday, March 9. Both of those practices will take place at Tad Gormley Stadium.