Tulane Offense Rolls to 477 yards during 74-Play Scrimmage Saturday Morning

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Redshirt sophomore wideout Devon Breaux finished with five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's scrimmage.
Redshirt sophomore wideout Devon Breaux finished with five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's scrimmage.
Aug. 9, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Tulane redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee completed 12-of-20 pass attempts for 139 yards and two touchdowns and the Green Wave offense rolled up 477 total yards and seven touchdowns during a 74-play scrimmage on Saturday morning at Tad Gormley Stadium.

"I thought today went very well," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "I thought Tanner Lee came out and did what he had to do. He took command of the offense and looked under control. He really looked like a seasoned veteran. The freshmen receivers played sensational and I liked the way our tight ends and running backs played, especially our big tight end Charles Jones and freshman running back Dontrell Hilliard, along with Dante Butler. We had some guys play well for us today."

"The defense really hustled today. A lot of our front line defensive players didn't play today. We know what guys like Darion Monroe, Lorenzo Doss, Sam Scofield and Taurean Nixon can do so we really didn't need to play them. I wanted to see these younger guys get out there and hustle and give us an idea of who we can go to war with," Johnson said.

In the first of five two-a-days, Tulane's summer conditioning paid off under a very warm morning in City Park. Lee led the offense to an 8-play, 80-yard scoring drive to open the scrimmage. He found junior Sydie London on a hot read, which resulted in a 22-yard gain for the big tight end. Five plays later, he connected with redshirt sophomore receiver Devon Breaux for a 15-yard scoring strike. Lee later hooked up with freshman received Teddy Veal on a 40-yard touchdown bomb for the longest play of the day.

Redshirt sophomore Devin Powell followed Lee and proved to be up to the task, completing 11-of-16 attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown. Powell connected with Breaux on a four-year touchdown.

Senior Nick Montana and freshman Glen Cuiellette each completed 3-of-7 attempts for the day. Montana totaled 46 yards and one touchdown to London.

TU's quarterbacks completed 29-of-50 (.580) attempts for 324 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions.

London led the receiving corps with 51 yards on four receptions, while Breaux finished with a team-best five catches for 50 yards and a pair of scores.

In the run game, junior Josh Rounds paced the running backs with 48 yards and one touchdown on four carries (12.0 avg.), while sophomore Marshall Wadleigh rushed a team-high seven times for 40 yards and a score. Freshman Dontrell Hilliard also reached pay dirt and finished the day with 34 yards on four carries.

Tulane's defense played without the services of most of its starters, who sat out the scrimmage and allowed for a slew of underclassmen to see action. TU's defenders accounted for seven stops for minus 33 yards, notched two sacks, forced one fumble and broke up eight passes.

Sophomore cornerback Richard Allen accounted for eight tackles, including one stop for a seven-yard loss and forced one fumble. Playing on the opposite side of Allen, rookie cornerback Stephon Lofton posted seven stops and a pair of PBU's.

Play of the Day: Came from sophomore running back Marshall Wadleigh on the final play this morning's scrimmage when he took the handoff and looked to be stopped near the line of scrimmage but he broke several tackles en route to a 29-yard touchdown scamper.

Quote of the Day: "This isn't the prom. Get upfield and stop dancing!" - Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Devon Breaux

Player of the Day: Quarterback Tanner Lee looked in control of the Green Wave offense from the start. The redshirt freshman completed 60-percent of his pass attempts, including a 40-yard touchdown strike to rookie receiver Teddy Veal and a 15-yard scoring play to redshirt sophomore receiver Devon Breaux. Three of Lee's completions were 20+ yards.

-Of the 24 players to post a defensive stat today, 14 were freshmen, including 10 true rookies and four redshirt freshmen.

-Tulane's four quarterbacks peppered 29 completions to 15 different players, including nine receivers, three running backs and three tight ends.

-The Green Wave focused on quarterbacks and the passing game with 50 plays coming through the air and just 24 plays on the ground.

-Junior Steven Broccoli and freshman Andrew DiRocco each took turns with PAT duties and connected on each attempt. The Green Wave did not attempt a field goal during the scrimmage.

Tulane will complete its first week of preseason camp with the day's second practice session indoors at the Saints practice facility, which is closed to both the media and public.

Tulane will not practice on Sunday and returns to the gridiron on Monday with another double session. Monday's morning practice at the Newman School is open to the media, while the afternoon practice at the Saints facility will be closed.

Tulane will kick off the 2014 on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on fellow American Athletic Conference newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. 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.

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