April 17, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University football team donned helmets and shorts for its final spring workout before the annual spring football game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the George G. "Sunny" Westfeldt Practice Facility.
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said that since his team has experienced some injuries, he felt like Thursday would be a good time to take his final light workout and prepare for Saturday's spring game. As per NCAA rules, college football teams must practice at least three times during the spring in just shorts and helmets, and two of those have to be at the beginning.
Thursday's practice included practice on red zone situations, the two-minute offense, and situations at the end of the game, such as Hail Mary plays. Toledo referenced the game against Army last season in which Army tied the game in the final seconds on a Hail Mary pass, and went on to win in overtime. Toledo said that it is important to practice these situations as much as possible because they are all crucial at some point during a football game.
Senior tight end Justin Kessler, who broke his right hand at the end of practice Wednesday, made a one-handed touchdown reception from senior quarterback Scott Elliott in the back of the end zone without using his casted hand, and received many cheers and congratulations from his teammates. Senior wide receiver Michael Batiste caught a fade pass from sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore over his left shoulder in the back corner of the end zone, eluding his defender.
Senior defensive end Reggie Scott came up big for the defense, penetrating the offensive line and rushing into the backfield to knock down a flare pass intended for junior running back André Anderson, nearly intercepting the ball.
"A Saturday with the Green Wave" will begin at 1 p.m. with the spring football game, and then move to the Reily Center for the annual spring volleyball tournament when the Green Wave takes on Alabama at 4 p.m. The day concludes when the baseball team meets Conference USA rival Southern Mississippi at 6 p.m. in the second game of a three game series. Parking for all three events will be available free of charge in the Diboll Parking Garage located on Ben Weiner Drive.
Admission to the spring football game is free, and complimentary food and drink for all fans will be provided courtesy of the Conk Naquin Memorial Golf Classic. Free programs for autographs, as well as roster sheets and the 2008 schedule and ticket info will be available.
Following the conclusion of the scrimmage, fans are encouraged to go down to the field for autographs, to interact with coaches and players, and kids are invited to participate in interactive games and activities. Tulane fans will also have the opportunity to purchase or renew 2008 season tickets, and the latest in Green Wave merchandise will be on sale.