Tulane All-America cornerback Lorenzo Doss blocked a field goal and broke up several passes during today's practice.
New Orleans - There was a sense of urgency and a sense of giving at this morning's Tulane football practice as the Green Wave is now exactly two weeks away from playing its first game of the 2014 campaign, and Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson was doused three times and donated $300 to the ALS Bucket Challenge.
In its 13th practice of preseason camp, Tulane went through a two and half hour practice at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Practice Facility. Today, the Green Wave focused on everything from situational plays, to field goal/PAT, 7-on-7, a team period and continued with installations.
"I thought today's practice was very good and I like what the offense is doing," Johnson said. "Tanner Lee had a wonderful day. He threw the ball well and did not make many mistakes. I think these receivers are really coming around."
Tulane is exactly two weeks away from its season opener at Tulsa on Thursday, Aug. 28, a team the Wave defeated last year at home, 14-7.
"Tulsa is a tough team and I want to continue to prepare as much as we can for them. We still have installations going, but we will be ready," Johnson added.
Following practice, the team returned to the James W. Wilson Jr. Center where Johnson answered the call from three challengers for the ALS Bucket Challenge, including WDSU Sports Reporter Fletcher Mackel, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes and TU senior safety Sam Scofield. Johnson donated $300 toward the ALS fund and challenged three members of the New Orleans Saints organization, including general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Vitt and receiver Marques Colston.
He also issued challenges to Tulane head men's basketball coach Ed Conroy and head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton, Seattle Seahawk coaching staff members Travis Jones and Tom Cable, Dr. Kevin Elko, a sports psychologist, new Tulane President Michael Fitts, former Tulane president Scott Cowen and finally United States President Barrack Obama.
Upon completion of his challenges, Johnson was immediately soaked in cold water three different times.
According to the ALS Association official website, between July 29 and August 12, the Association and its 38 chapters had received an astonishing $4 million in donations with the help of the Bucket Challenge compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease" is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease has affected a local favorite and a friend of Johnson's, former New Orleans Saints' standout Steve Gleason. Not to be outdone, Gleason also undertook the challenge and was dunked earlier this week.
Tulane returns to action on Friday for its fourth two-a-day practice of preseason camp. The Green Wave will go through the morning session at Tad Gormley Stadium, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and that practice is open to both the media and public.
TU will then complete the day with an afternoon practice at the Saints facility at 3:30 p.m., which is closed to both the media and public.
Tulane will kick off the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travels to Oklahoma to take on fellow American Athletic Conference newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. before opening the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. in the new, on-campus Yulman Stadium.
For season ticket information, which packages starting as low as $200, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283). 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.
Play of the Day:
During the "team" portion of practice, redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee sidestepped a charging defender and zipped a dart in between three defenders to the waiting hands of redshirt sophomore receiver Devon Breaux.
Quote of the Day:
"If you're walking, you're wrong" - Running Backs/Tight Ends Coach David Johnson to any player who is walking in between drills during practice.
Player of the Day:
Junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss was everywhere. The All-American came up with several pass break-ups in the various one-on-one drills and then blocked a field goal attempt by senior kicker Steven Broccoli during the latter stages of practice.