Aug. 8, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University football team held its first two-a-day practice of preseason camp on Thursday as the Green Wave capped the morning session at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Facility with a 30-play scrimmage before wrapping up the day with an afternoon practice at a nearby, off-campus facility.
While the afternoon's outdoor session was slower and shorter than its morning counterpart, there was plenty for the coaches and players to be excited about coming off the scrimmage which saw the offense average nearly 10 yards per snap. Four Green Wave quarterbacks combined to complete 10-of-13 passes for 254 yards and a pair of touchdowns while the defense posted a pair of sacks among six tackles for loss and returned a fumble 33 yards for a score.
"It's always good getting indoors," second-year Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said following the scrimmage. "I think everybody has a better pep in their step. They're ready to roll. They see the posters. They're ready to play. I thought it was good. There was a lot of emotion. They hit well. The intensity was up. It was fun to watch."
Junior Nick Montana had the most efficient outing of the Green Wave signal callers, completing 4-of-5 passes for 39 yards, and freshman Tanner Lee was close behind with a 3-of-4 showing which including a 75-yard touchdown strike to junior Xavier Rush. Redshirt-freshman Devin Powell was 1-of-2 for 42 yards and junior Jordy Joseph completed both of his tosses for 75 yards, including a 63-yard scoring pass to Justyn Shackelford.
"All of those quarterbacks played well," Johnson said. "I thought Tanner Lee had a sensational scrimmage. We're going to review the film and there is still some stuff we need to improve on, but he played well. Montana led us down the field and Devin Powell also led us down. We practiced well today."
On defense, junior safety Sam Scofield and senior linebacker Dominique Robertson shared squad-high tackle honors with three each (2 solo, 1 assist), and Robinson had 1.5 tackles for loss to pace all players. Senior cornerback Derrick Strozier and freshman defensive lineman William Townsend each had a sack and junior linebacker Matthew Bailey, who had a pair of solo stops on the day, scooped up a bad snap and rambled all the way in for a touchdown. Sophomore safety Richard Carthon, who starred on the diamond last spring for the Tulane baseball team, had a solo stop and broke up a pass with another big hit.
"(Defensively) they were hitting, now. There were some vicious licks. I saw Lazedrick (Thompson) get pounded a couple of times. It was a good scrimmage, a real good scrimmage."
Following the full-pad morning practice, the Green Wave broke for lunch, reviewed the film and headed to an outdoor facility where they donned helmets, jerseys and shorts for a 90-minute session.
The Green Wave return to the practice field on Friday, Aug. 9, for a single session starting at 8:30 a.m. before closing out the week with another two-a-day on Saturday. Tulane will kick off the 2013 on Thursday, Aug. 29, when the Green Wave play host to Jackson State at 7 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283). Season ticket packages start as low as $100 for adults and $70 for youth.
The Tulane Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, log onto the official website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.