Tulane third-year head coach Curtis Johnson
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's football team held its second practice of the 2014 fall camp on Tuesday morning at the New Orleans Saints Facility on Airline Drive.
The Green Wave practiced in helmets, jerseys and shorts during the 19-period workout with the continued emphasis on competition battles at various positions. Tulane is looking to replace numerous players that have moved on to NFL teams.
"These competition battles are looking up and up," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "That is what training camp is all about. We are moving into competitive mode right now.
"I love what we are doing at the receiver position," Johnson added. "Ryan Grant was a sensational player for us, but we've got some young receivers that can just run, play and are athletic. We have some good battles."
The Green Wave will hold the third practice of camp on Wednesday at a nearby, off-campus facility. Tulane will return to the Saints Facility for a closed practice on Thursday in addition to the annual Media Day festivities at the Wilson Center. The Wave will don full pads for the first time with an open practice on Friday at the Saints Facility before capping week one with their first two-a-day on Saturday. The first session of double session will be an open scrimmage at 8:30 a.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium before concluding the day with a closed session at the Saints Facility at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's scrimmage is open the public and admission is free.
Tulane will kick off the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on fellow American newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network before opening the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. in the new, on-campus Yulman Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPNews.
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TULANE FOOTBALL DAY TWO PRACTICE NOTES -Tulane was in helmets and shorts for the second straight day and will make the transition to shells (helmet, shoulder pads and shorts) on Wednesday during its first outside practice at the Newman School. The Green Wave will go through its first practice in full pads on Friday at the Saints facility.
-The battle to replace departed kicker Cairo Santos has come down to freshman Andrew DiRocco and junior Steven Broccoli. Senior tight end Matt Marfisi and sophomore Michael Lizanich have each seen time as the team's deep snapper through two practices. Santos was the Green Wave's kicker from 2010-13 and was a first team All-American and winner of the 2012 Lou Groza Award.
-Tulane does not have a shortage of ale bodies at quarterback. The Green Wave roster currently features six signal callers, including seniors Jordy Joseph and Nick Montana, redshirt sophomore Devin Powell, redshirt freshman Tanner Lee and a pair of true freshman in Glen Cuiellette and Dylan Richman. Joseph and Richman are walk-ons.
Player of the Day: While several individuals stood out during the second day of practice, freshman receiver Terren Encalade was a bright star. The Belle Chase, La., native had a pair of acrobatic touchdown receptions during various drills. Other players of note from day two include freshman receiver Teddy Veal and senior defensive end Tyler Gilbert. Veal, from Bridge City, La., seemed to catch every pass thrown his way. Gilbert, a native of Sorrento, La., would have collected at least four sacks after getting to the quarterback a few times during the 7-on-7 drill.
Play of the Day: Freshman receiver Terren Encalade hauled in a 40-yard pass from senior quarterback Nick Montana with one hand while falling in the end zone during the routes drill held in period seven of practice.
Quote of the Day II: "Don't show them your chest. This is isn't a massage class!" - Receivers coach Keith Williams to senior receiver JoJo Dobbs during the "releases" drill. Dobbs was apparently moving his shoulders instead of his feet.