Aug. 10, 2013
METAIRIE, La. - The Green Wave defense forced four turnovers and posted three sacks among six tackles for loss as the Tulane University football team wrapped up the first full week of preseason camp with a 51-play scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Practice Facility on Airline Drive.
After watching the offense pile up 297 total yards in a similar scenario two days ago, it was the defense's turn to dominate the highlight reel as the unit stripped away three fumbles - one of which was recovered by the offense - and batted down another three passes. Senior linebacker Kyle Davis led the squad with four solo stops and recovered a fumble on the final play of the period.
"I knew the youngsters wanted to get their chance to play today, so I just knew that when I got in that I had to make the best of it," Davis said. "Camp, for me, is going really well. Right now, I'm taking it on point to teach the young guys the plays to make sure they're ready for when we go (play). I'm mentoring the younger guys and making sure they're ready."
Junior linebacker Matthew Bailey, freshmen secondary standouts Richard Allen and Leonard Davis, along with rookie linebacker Eric Thomas had three tackles apiece. Bailey had a sack and forced the first fumble of the day, batting away an attempted lateral while Leonard Davis and freshman corner William Townsend forced fumbles which led to turnovers.
The offense was not without its standouts as the quarterbacks combined to complete 18-of-27 passes for 202 yards. Junior Nick Montana was 7-of-10 for 93 yards and both redshirt-freshman Devin Powell and true freshman Tanner Lee connected on five tosses each for 17 and 80 yards, respectively.
Nine different players caught at least one ball on Saturday and the quartet of senior Ryan Grant, juniors Rob Kelley and Justyn Shackleford, and redshirt-freshman Devon Breaux shared team-high honors with three grabs apiece. Grant led the way with 40 yards receiving. Junior Xavier Rush was next with 38 yards on two catches while Breaux added 37 yards through the air.
Redshirt-freshman running back Lazedrick Thompson led the ground game with 42 yards on four carries while junior Danté Butler followed with 21 yards on three totes while catching one pass for 13 yards.
"Coach put me in and I was able to find a hole and get a couple of runs in," Thompson said. "I should have scored on two or three of them but I've got to learn to pick my knees up. That's something I've got to work on. Camp has been pretty good so far. We've been working hard every day, coming out every morning and trying to get it in and get ready for Jackson State."
The Green Wave will enjoy a day away from the field on Sunday before returning to practice on Monday, Aug. 12, when they will hold their second two-a-day of the preseason with both sessions taking place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. From there, Tulane will hold a single practice on Tuesday and another double session on Wednesday.
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.