Sophomore tight end Sydie London makes a catch during Tuesday morning's practice in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Aug 13, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - In a camp that has taken on the air of "just another day in the office," the Tulane University football team was back at it on Tuesday morning as the Green Wave went held a single-practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
With 11 days and 13 total practice sessions in the books, the team has shown steady improvement each day as the veterans and newcomers continue to do what they can to catch the eye of the coaching staff. With several positions up for grabs, the coaches are beginning to get a clearer picture of who will be on the field when the Green Wave begin the season on Thursday, Aug. 29, against Jackson State.
"I'm just trying to figure out who can do what, what plays they can do what in, in what personnel groups and in what packages," second-year head coach Curtis Johnson said. "That's the main thing and I think we're getting closer to it. I like the defensive line. They're playing well. They're playing like they're ready to roll. We didn't play as well as we could have last year, but I think they're starting to play well. Offensively, those running backs have been outstanding."
Wearing helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys and shorts, the team went through its usual array of drills on Tuesday and once again enjoyed a day out of the heat playing on the turf they will call their home field for the final time in 2013.
In one-on-one drills, several receivers made big plays as sophomore Larry Dace hauled in a 40-yard touchdown toss from junior quarterback Nick Montana, junior Xavier Rush made a juggling scoring grab from junior Jordy Joseph and senior Ryan Grant scored after making a shoe-top catch of an underthrown ball.
While the receivers and defensive backs were doing battle on one end of the field, the offensive line and running backs were going up against the defensive line and linebackers. While the defense made several nice plays, Orleans Darkwa and Danté Butler found the endzone a handful of times as well.
From there, the team went through an extended kickoff and kickoff return drill and PAT/field goal scenarios before wrapping up the day in 11-on-11s which featured a series of short passes and running plays.
"I thought (today) was outstanding," Johnson said. "We ran around well. We played hard. We just have to stay off the ground. I just like the enthusiasm. The way we've been running around has been good."
The Green Wave return to practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, when they hold a two-a-day practice slated to start at 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in the Superdome. From there, the Tulane team will hold single sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday's practice will take place at Pan Am Stadium while the next two will be indoors at the New Orleans Saints Facility on Airline Drive.
For ticket information for the upcoming campaign, 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.