Second-year head coach Curtis Johnson directs traffic during Wednesday's two-a-day practice in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Aug 14, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - While a steady rain fell throughout the Greater New Orleans area, the Tulane University football team did not let the inclement weather halt its progress to date as the Green Wave held its second two-a-day practice of preseason camp on Wednesday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Green Wave went full pads in the morning session before returning to the field they will call home for the 2013 season donning helmets, jerseys and shorts in the afternoon.
"I thought the defense played very well (in the morning)," second-year head Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson said. "Besides the beginning of the run/play-action period, I thought the defense dominated the practice. We had some third-down situations and I didn't feel the quarterbacks executed very well. The offensive line has to get a little better at what they're doing, but I just thought Lorenzo Doss was outstanding. Chris Davenport, we couldn't block him. I think that's going to be a problem for everybody. Today was a defensive day."
Sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss, who led the team a year ago with five interceptions, was back to his old tricks on Wednesday as native New Orleanian picked off a pass during skeleton passing drills before dropping another potential interception in a full-team session. Unshaken, Doss later undercut a route for his second turnover of the morning which drew boisterous cheers from his defensive teammates and coaches.
Following an extended special teams period to open the afternoon session, the offense picked things up in the second half of practice. Quarterbacks Nick Montana, Devin Powell, Tanner Lee and Jordy Joseph took turns threading the needle for nice completions and the running backs darted through holes provided by the offensive line. Doss, however, was not done and snared his third interception of the day during one-on-ones.
"The offense did much better in the afternoon," Johnson said. "Justyn Schackleford had a couple of nice catches, but Doss had another interception. I think he's averaging an interception each practice."
The Green Wave return to practice on Thursday, Aug. 15, when they will hold a single session on campus at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. From there, Tulane will close out the week with indoor practices on Friday and Saturday at the New Orleans Saints Facility on Airline Drive.
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