Football Holds Pair Of Preseason Practices On Friday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Sophomore wide receiver Devon Breaux turned in the play of the day during Friday morning's practice with a 37-yard touchdown catch from Nick Montana at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Sophomore wide receiver Devon Breaux turned in the play of the day during Friday morning's practice with a 37-yard touchdown catch from Nick Montana at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Aug. 15, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University football team held its fourth two-a-day practice on Friday as the Green Wave were in full pads in the morning at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park before donning helmets, jerseys and shorts in the afternoon at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Facility on Airline Drive.

While the team went through the usual array of individual, position and team drills, the Green Wave wrapped up the morning session with some scrimmage plays. As has become the norm of late, the practice ended on a high note offensively as senior quarterback Nick Montana connected with freshman tight end Charles Jones, II, for a seven-yard touchdown on the final snap before heading back to campus for lunch.

"I'm very pleased," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said about the progress his team made on Monday morning. "I thought the quarterbacks played pretty well. Nick Montana led us down the field and did a great job. Tanner Lee was sensational again. He's always good. He's playing awesome. Sherman [Badie] played well. Danté Butler is back and he played well also. Defensively, Tyler Gilbert always shows up. He's big time. [Corey] Redwine is starting to show up. Royce LaFrance did some nice things, also."

A big chunk of Friday morning's practice was spent on kickoff coverage with the Green Wave going full speed on both coverage and return units. Players donned red bibs to differentiate the return from the kickoff teams and the trio of juniors Peter Picerelli and Steven Broccoli, along with true freshman Andrew DiRocco, consistently boomed deep kickoffs.



The Green Wave have a big hole to fill at the kicker position as All-American and 2012 Lou Groza Award winner Cairo Santos graduated last May and is currently in camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We dedicate one period in each practice to special teams and today kickoff and kickoff coverage was something we focused on," Johnson added. "I thought we practice it well. Right now, we're still looking to evaluate those guys. I'm going to keep looking at this up until the Tulsa week. I just want to see who's the most consistent, who's kicking it the farthest and the deepest, and who can pin some guys back."

The Green Wave will wrap up week two of preseason camp on Saturday, Aug. 16, when they take to the Saints Facility at 3:30 p.m. for a single session. Following a day off on Sunday, the Tulane team will hold its final double session with an open practice at 8:30 a.m. at Gormley before holding an afternoon session at 3:30 p.m. on Airline.

Tulane will kick off the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on fellow American newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Newtwork 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 in front of a national audience on ESPNews.

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Medina On The Move: Sophomore Sergio Medina had a different colored jersey on during Friday morning's practice as the native of Boutte, La., joined the running back corps. As a true freshman last season, Medina played in all 13 games and posted five tackles (2 solo, 3 assists) with a half tackle for loss and a pass break-up as both a linebacker and on special teams. Running back is not a new position for Medina, however, as the former Hahnville High star ran for 1,047 yards and 15 yards as a prep senior when he was named first-team all-state and Herald-Guide Offensive Player of the Year.

Player Of The Day: Without much fanfare and almost without a word of encouragement, true freshman defensive tackle Sean Wilson had another solid practice on Friday. The 6-4, 276-pound native of Port Sulphur, La., and graduate of South Plaquemines High, Wilson is a mainstay in the offensive backfield on pressure downs and regularly beats his blocker in one-on-one drills. Friday was no exception as he got the upper hand in one-on-ones three consecutive times through the rotation and, while the defense was not allowed to bring their offensive mates to the ground during the scrimmage portion of practice, had several tap-outs on Green Wave running backs as well as a quarterback sack.

Play Of The Day: Both sides of the ball had their respective highlight moments on Friday, the play that drew the biggest cheers was a 37-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nick Montana to sophomore wideout Devon Breaux. Breaux beat his defender at the line of scrimmage, and Montana gave him a chance to make the play with a high arching toss toward the right corner of the endzone. As the toss began its descent and with defenders Donnie Lewis, Jr., and Tristan Cooper quickly converging, Breaux out-jumped the freshmen cornerbacks and pulled down a fingertip grab for the score.

Batting Them Down: While the Green Wave offense was turnover free on Monday morning, the defense got its collective hands on its fair share of footballs as the unit batted down several passes during the outdoor session. The defensive specially piled up the PBUs during seven-on-seven drills as senior linebackers Matthew Bailey and Brandon Schmidt, junior linebacker David Laborde, junior safety Darion Monroe and redshirt-freshman cornerback Parry Nickerson all batted down at least one toss in that period.

Going Out On A High Note: As has become the norm lately during Green Wave practices, the final snap of Friday morning's practice was a touchdown. This time, senior signal caller Nick Montana capped the morning session with an impressive drive which culminated with a seven-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Charles Jones, II.

Quote of the Day: "You're not 6-5. Not even on your best day. Not even on your tippee toes. Next thing you know, Junior [Diaz] is going to say he's 6-3." - offensive line coach John McDonell to redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Jason stewart during one-on-one blocking drills when asked how tall he was.