Aug. 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson got a lengthy look at his squad today and the first-year coach liked what he saw as the Green Wave completed its first week of fall camp with an 85-play scrimmage at the Saints Indoor Practice Facility in Metairie.
"We did a great job today and came out and completed," Johnson said. "I thought the number one defense really took it to the offense. The twos got in and went up and down the field and the one offense got a little mad and came back. It was a good battle going back and forth. You can win with tempo and enthusiasm alone and I like that. I love the tempo, but I'd like to get them in and out of the huddle a little quicker.
"The backs did great today. Dante Butler, Robert Kelley and Josh Rounds all played well. Trent Mackey played well and Shaq (Shakiel Smith) had a good day in the secondary. The receivers had a better day as well."
With inclement weather hovering over the Tulane campus for the majority of the morning, the Green Wave made the short trip to the Saints Indoor Facility for the second straight day. Tulane's No. 1defense stood tall against the No. 1 offense and the Wave's defenders managed to consistently harass all three TU quarterbacks and the passing game.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Green Wave's backfield combined for 160 yards on 37 carries (4.1 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomores Robert Kelley and Dante Butler led the way for the ground attack. Kelley gained 63 yards on seven carries (9.0 avg.), with the longest run of the day of 42 yards, while Butler rattled off 45 yards on 10 totes (4.5 avg.) and one touchdown. Freshman Josh Rounds looked impressive with 38 yards on 10 carries, which included two runs of 10 yards. Senior Orleans Darkwa saw limited time with just four carries for eight yards.
Butler easily had the play of the day late in the scrimmage. With the ball inside the red zone on the 20-yard line, Butler took the handoff and went right but was quickly met by a host of TU defenders. Butler broke several tackles, reversed course and galloped across the field for a 20-yard touchdown.
Senior Quarterback Ryan Griffin completed 11-of-17 attempts for 84 yards and a pair of scores to junior wide-out Ryan Grant and redshirt freshman receiver Marc Edwards. Freshman Devin Powell worked with the second team and completed 6-of-14 attempts for 39 yards, while redshirt-freshman Jordy Joseph had a very productive day at the helm of the third team offense. Joseph was 6-of-11 for 75 yards and tossed the longest pass of the day, a 23-yard touchdown strike to classmate Devin Boutte.
Tulane quarterbacks peppered their combined 23 completions to 14 different receivers with the trio of freshman receiver Sydie London, senior running back Stephen Barnett and junior tight end Stephen Suchy leading the team with three catches apiece. Freshman Devon Breaux led the way with 35 yards, while Grant finished with 33 yards on two receptions and a touchdown.
Defensively, sophomore linebackers Matthew Bailey and Ray Oppman joined redshirt freshman defensive tackle Corey Redwine with five stops apiece to lead the Wave. TU's defense registered seven stops for minus 25 yards on the day and came up with four pass break-ups.
The Green Wave will have Sunday off, but returns to the practice field on Monday for its first two-a-day practice of the fall. TU's first session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Wave returns to the field at 3:45 p.m.
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