March 29, 2008
New Orleans - The Tulane Green Wave football team donned pads for the first time during the spring campaign and turned the third practice into a hard hitting affair despite intermediate rain showers throughout practice.
The Green Wave began its third day of preparation this spring with position meetings and then marched out to the Westfeldt Practice Facility and was met with a cool breeze. Following warm-ups and special team drills, the skies over the New Orleans Uptown area opened up and a light rain dampened the players, coach and fans for 20 minutes before letting up. A light sprinkle continued to fall through the completion of practice.
Tulane went to work with hard-hitting action during and alley drill and didn't let during a run middle drill. Senior defensive end Reggie Scott and classmate David Skehan set the tone early with several outstanding plays. Both turned back a pair of runs and Skehan, who is making the transition to linebacker this spring, was either stuffing the run or lead blocker consistently during the drill.
Toward the end of practice, the offense and defensive players headed to their respective sidelines and the first and second teams squared off in a brief scrimmage with limited hitting. Junior running back Andre Anderson lit up the overcast skies with several electrifying runs of 20 yards or more, including a 25-yard scamper that was highlighted with a spin-move that left a TU defender grasping for air. Anderson also had a long run with a carry around the right end early on.
"Andre proved last spring that he was a heck of a back when he filled in for Matt Forte, who was unable to practice," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "I think people are going to be surprised how physical and how fast he is. He has worked extremely hard in the offseason by catching tennis balls and getting on the ball machine. He did all of that on his own to get better as a receiver because that was a concern for him last year. He is doing a great job right now."
"Reggie (Scott) and (Julian) Shives-Sams are both doing well right now. I've had to try and slow Reggie down and that's a good problem to have. He's going hard and he is going fast. He blocked the field goal today, so he's off to a great start. He's healthy for a change, he stronger than he's ever been and has a great attitude," Toledo said.
"We are way ahead of where we were a year ago. There is a great understanding of what we are doing schematically and what we are asking them to do from an effort standpoint. I think the attitude is really outstanding and I'm pleased with where we are starting. We didn't drop off a lot from last year and have picked up where we left off," Toledo said.