Sophomore cornerback Alex Lauricella had two interceptions and a pass break-up during Tuesday's practice at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
April 6, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Following a week-long break, the Tulane University football team retook the field on Tuesday as the Green Wave opened week two of spring drills with a spirited, 23-period practice session at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
After spending the first four practices installing packages and taking a week off with the University's Spring Break, the Tulane team showed little effects of a layoff and showed good retention of the schemes the coaching staff implemented during the first week of drills.
"I was really impressed with the carry over that we had from the first four days of practice which was over a week ago, and the conditioning," Tulane head football coach Bob Toledo said. "No one really got hurt, they ran around really well and they retained a lot from those first four days. I was really impressed with today's practice."
The Green Wave went through their usual gamut of positional drills and seven-on-seven skeletons, but it was the full-team portion of practice that the held the bulk of Tuesday's highlights. Donning full pads, the team practiced in thud fashion where defenders merely hit and not tackle their offensive counterparts.
Toledo and his staff unveiled a new wrinkle to spring drills on Tuesday, however, as the team went through situational drills. In addition to fine-tuning the plays learned during the opening week of spring practice, the Green Wave practiced some down-and-distance plays, went through some goal-line drills and went full contact on field goals where redshirt-freshman kicker Ryan Rome nailed all four of his opportunities.
While the offense had its share of big plays, it was Tulane's defense that carried the day as the Green Wave "D" picked off four passes. Sophomore cornerback Alex Lauricella had a pair of interceptions and a pass break-up while fellow corners Phillip Davis and Devon Walker had one pick each.
"I think our defense in much-improved from a year ago," Toledo said. "Our front is coming off the ball and our linebackers are doing a nice job, and we've got some quality coaches right now who are doing a good job with the secondary. There is a greater understanding. A year ago, we were installing the defense. Now there is some carry-over. Steve Stanard, our defensive coordinator, has really done a nice job with them."
The Green Wave continue spring practice on Wednesday, April 7, when they take the field from 8 a.m. until noon. The Tulane team will enjoy a day off on Thursday before returning to the field on Friday, April 9 with another 8-12 session. Spring practice will conclude on Saturday, April 24, with the annual Spring Game.
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