Green Wave head coach Bob Toledo had his team wrap up day six of spring practice with a 12-play, full-contact scrimmage.
April 7, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University football team continued its preparation for the upcoming 2010 with a22-period session and the Green Wave wrapped up day six of spring practice with a 12-play, full-contact scrimmage Wednesday morning at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
After going half speed and not allowing his defense to tackle ball carriers to the ground over the first five practices, Green Wave head coach Bob Toledo unleashed his student-athletes on Wednesday. The results was music to the coaching staff's ears as the sound of pads popping and the hooting and hollering from both sidelines personified the enthusiasm the team has put into each practice to date.
"We don't scrimmage that much but we ended up having 12 live plays," Toledo said. "I thought there were some pretty good individual performances. Once we watch the video, we'll found out what went good and what went bad. Again, the intensity was good out here. There is a lot of competition and that's what helps make you a better football team."
The scrimmage plays were a mix of running plays along with short- to intermediate-route passing plays with both sides of the ball turning in their share of victories. The play of the day, however, came via sophomore linebacker Trent Mackey. Defending a toss sweep to the right, he destroyed the play with a ferocious hit which resulted in blocking back Kasey Stelly going head over heels at the point of attack and allowed Mackey's teammates to finish off the ball carrier.
In addition to the end-of-practice scrimmage, the Green Wave continued to implement new offensive and defensive plays. The Tulane squad fine-tuned a few things on field goals, added some punt return and introduced a handful of goal-line situationals.
"I was really pleased," Toledo said of the overall practice. "There has been real good carry-over from the week we took off for spring break. They've come back, their enthusiasm is good and they're not making a lot of mistakes. The conditioning, I think, is really good. That's the thing you always worry about after having a week off. But the attitude was good, the effort was good and the enthusiasm was great."
The Green Wave will enjoy a day off on Thursday before returning to the practice field on Friday, April 9, at 8:30 a.m. at the Westfeldt Practice Facility. Spring practice will conclude on Saturday, April 24, with the annual Spring Game.
Season tickets for the 2010 Tulane football season remain on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Season ticket prices are only $199 for sideline seats, $99 for adult endzone, $65 for youth endzone and $250 for the Family 4 Pack (2 adult, 2 youth). For additional information or to order season tickets, please call the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE, log onto the internet at TulaneGreenWave.com, or show up in person at the ticket office located inside the James W. Wilson Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive.