April 21, 2010
New Orleans - The Tulane University football team will wrap up its 2010 spring slate on Saturday, April 24, with its final practice and scrimmage from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Westfeldt Practice Facility. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Fans may park free of charge in both the Rosen Lot (located off Claiborne Ave.) and the Diboll Parking Garage (located on Ben Weiner Drive).
While the team will hold its final practice of the spring, culminating with an hour-long scrimmage, the day also affords fans an opportunity to meet the team and get autographs, as well as hear from head coach Bob Toledo. Tickets for the seven-game 2010 home schedule will be on sale and the Green Wave Sports Shop will have a "Spring Clearance Sale" featuring selected merchandise. Current contributors to the Football Excellence Fund (FEF) as well as former football letterwinners are invited to come onto the field during the activities for a private tent featuring food and drinks. FEF contributors and football letterwinners can RSVP by contacting the TAF office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 865-5356.
Fans in attendance on Saturday will have an opportunity to renew or purchase new season tickets and will be eligible to participate in the April 30 Early Renewal Deadline. Those who purchase season tickets prior to April 30 will receive additional tickets to the home opener, as well as an invitation to a pre-game tent party and game tickets to the May 21 Tulane Baseball game. Each account will also be entered into a drawing for a "Trip for 2" to an away football game, four tickets to the AD's suite for a home football game plus sideline passes, along with game-worn merchandise, autographed items, and much more.
The 2010 Tulane football schedule includes the home opener against Southeastern Louisiana, the September 11 battle vs. Ole Miss, the return of Army for Homecoming, and C-USA rivals Rice, Southern Miss, SMU, and UCF.
The wide receivers are a young group with the exception of senior Casey Robottom, who is nursing an injury and will not play on Saturday. The receivers consist of seniors Charles Gaspard and Alan Mitchell, along with sophomores Jordan Sullen, Ryan Grant, Devin Figaro and redshirt freshman Wilson Van Hooser. Expect to see the quarterback/wide receiver duo of Ponder and Kemp playing at both positions on Saturday.
Tulane's tight ends have seen a steady dose of both receptions and blocking this spring. The senior tandem of Cody Sparks and Tyler Helm are being pushed by the sophomore duo of Kevin Burris and Brock Sanders this spring. The offensive line is a veteran group led by seniors Andrew Nierman, Peter Hendrickson, Joey Ray and junior Harris Howard, while sophomores Zach Morgan, Hunter Howden and L.J. Abrams continue to play their way into contention for starting spots. Redshirt-sophomore Eric Jones and the redshirt-freshmen duo of Mike Henry and Rio Mares each return from a redshirt season a year ago.
Defensively, Tulane has shown great improvement. The defensive line returns seniors Oscar Ponce de Leon, Chris Asumnu, Justin Adams, Tony Bryant, Josh Smith, junior Cedric Wilson, sophomores Casey Blum, Austen Jacks, Shane Delery and redshirt freshman Devin Williams. The group has been bolstered with the addition of Dezman Moses, the defensive end from Iowa who transferred to Tulane and sat out last season.
The linebacking corps is thin but impressive with the emergence of transfer Trent Mackey, the Louisiana native who sat out last season after transferring from Duke. Junior Kristofar Rhymes and sophomore Darryl Farley have stood out this year and made their case for starting positions in the fall, while former fullback Jordan Stephany has spent the spring making the transition to linebacker.
The defensive backfield is loaded with speed starting at cornerback with the senior duo of Phillip Davis and Alex Wacha, sophomore Ryan Travis and the addition of redshirt-freshmen twins, Kendrell and Kendrick Washington.
The safety position is a young but talented group led by sophomore-redshirts Alex Lauricella and Shakiel Smith, who spent last season playing at linebacker but moves to his natural position this year. Devon Walker, a walk-on who played his way up the depth chart last season also returns, while the senior duo of Taylor Echols and Chandler Davis round out the group.
Tulane will be breaking in a new kicker/punter this season with Ryan Rome assuming the placekicking role for the Green Wave. Sophomore deep snapper John Edwards returns to handle all the snapping on special teams.
Season tickets for the 2010 campaign are now on sale and can be purchased in the Tulane Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE, or online at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.