Junior running back Derrick Strozier hauls in a pass during Monday morning's practice at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
Aug. 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - As the Tulane University football team opened week two of preseason practice, the Green Wave held their first double-day of the 2012 season with a pair of sessions on Monday. Tulane took the field for the better part of two hours in the morning on campus before heading to the New Orleans Saints facility in Metairie for an afternoon session.
The two-a-day practice was the first of two slated for the week as Tulane will hold a pair of sessions again on Wednesday. It was also the first of four two-a-day practice scheduled during preseason drills as the team will hold double-days again on Monday, Aug. 20, and Wednesday, Aug. 22.
"This is our review week," first-year head coach Curtis Johnson said. "We started all over. We're going back to day one and starting it all over. I think they're a little bored with the information. We've just got to do it. On defense, they're throwing a couple of new blitzes at us that are a little bit different, but we should handle that pretty easily."
Monday morning's session at the Westfeldt Practice Facility was the first for the Green Wave since holding their first intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and Johnson was pleased with the progress his team made during his opening week of drills. He was quick, however, to point out that his team came out a bit sluggish following their day off.
"Today wasn't as enthusiastic. It wasn't as crisp as I wanted it to be. I would say that this morning was the first time we really dialed it in. They kind of went through the motions halfway through the practice and then we got competitive at the very end.
"The day off and the head (may have played a factor). It was a little hot out here, but that shouldn't happen. Everybody across the country is doing the same thing. They're out here practicing. It's hot in Minnesota. It's hot everywhere. We just need to fight through some of this stuff."
Despite being disappointed with the way things went early on, Tulane was not without its share of highlights during the first practice on Monday. Senior quarterback Ryan Griffin was sharp and true freshman signal caller Devin Powell fired precise passes with rocket-like speed throughout the morning.
The catch of the day came from redshirt-freshman wideout Devin Boutte, who dove parallel to the ground and completed a finger-tip grab of a Griffin offering. Not to be outdone, the defense made a handful of plays as well, including an interception by sophomore receiver-turned-safety Brandon LeBeau.
Johnson added that he planned on correcting the pace of practice in the afternoon during a session which was closed to the media.
"I just want to get them crisp," Johnson said. "I want to be a lot more crisp. I want them to be a lot more enthusiastic. I want them running around a lot more. I know they all understand. I know they know what to do. It's just a matter now of getting them to do it at our tempo."
Tulane formally kicks off the 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, when the Green Wave play host to Rutgers at 7 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Season and individual-game ticket sales are currently for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr., Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.