Aug 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's football squad headed indoors for practice on Friday, as they held a light, low contact session at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Practice Facility just one day after practicing outdoors on Tulane's campus.
The Greenies sported helmets and shorts during a practice that lasted just a little over two hours. The team participated in some thorough walkthroughs, while the special teams got a lot of time to shine on the day, and the offense worked on their two-minute drill towards the end of the session.
"I really liked (today's practice)," said Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson. "I liked the walkthrough period. It was very mental. The freshman got in a lot, and they were smart with what they were doing. The two-minute drill went pretty good. Except for one bad snap (on a field goal), I thought it went pretty good. It was a good practice for us. We ran around well."
During the early portion of the practice, the kickoff and kickoff return units worked on returns on both the right and left sides despite the fact that senior kicker Cairo Santos did not actually kick a ball. With imaginary situations put into play by the coaching staff, the kickoff return unit focused on blocking patterns while the kickoff unit attempted to thwart their efforts.
With the offensive and defensive lines watching from the sidelines, the skill players began 7-on-7 drills and the secondary came up with a big day. While junior tight end Matt Marfisi and senior wide receiver Ryan Grant were able to make nice catches in tight coverage, freshman cornerback Parry Nickerson had a diving interception on a pass by freshman quarterback Devin Powell. Sophomore safety Richard Carthon nearly picked off another pass later in the drill, but he couldn't get his hands up quick enough as he began to run towards the line of scrimmage.
Once the 7-on-7 drills were completed, the team worked on their two-minute offense, starting on their own side of the field. The defense stepped up once again, as defensive ends Julius Warmsley and Andre Robinson both recorded sacks, forcing the offense to use timeouts. After Warmsley's sack, Santos was able to connect on a 42-yard field goal that bounced in off the left upright.
During the second two-minute offense drill, senior linebacker Kyle Davis nearly had another interception of a ball thrown towards the sidelines. His teammate, senior cornerback L.J. Parker, made up for his miscue later in the drive as he was able to step in front of a pass for an interception that would have easily been returned for a touchdown.
With the last two-minute offense drill of the morning, junior wide receiver Devin Boutte corralled a pass over the middle to set up another field goal by Santos that closed practice.
Tulane will return to the New Orleans Saints Indoor Practice Facility for a practice and scrimmage on Saturday, which will be closed. The team will take a break from the action on Sunday before beginning their final week of fall camp on Monday.
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.
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QUOTES FOLLOWING FRIDAY'S PRACTICE OF TULANE PRESEASON FOOTBALL
Head Coach Curtis Johnson
On Friday's practice...
"I really liked (today's practice). I liked the walkthrough period. It was very mental. The freshman got in a lot, and they were smart with what they were doing. The two-minute drill went pretty good. Except for one bad snap (on a field goal), I thought it went pretty good. It was a good practice for us. We ran around well."
On anyone he is looking to standout in Saturday's scrimmage...
"I just want to see those young guys play a little bit more. We are going to have some series for the older guys, and I have to take a look at all of these quarterbacks. They are puzzling to me. I'm not clear on the offensive line group, either. I'm pretty sure on what we're doing and where we're going."
On Saturday's scrimmage...
"It'll be about the same (as the last two). It'll be about 60 plays, or somewhere around 60 like last time. But this one will be with more of the younger players. I just want to see young guys like (WR Devon) Breaux, and I want to see these young DBs like (Richard) Allen, Parry Nickerson and William Townsend. I just want to see some of these young guys play football."
Senior linebacker Dominique Robertson
On returning to camp after a brief illness...
"It means a lot (to be back). It's my last year, so every practice means everything. I'm glad to be back with the team and back with the coaches to get ready for Jackson State."
On fall camp...
"It's going great. We've got some guys flying around and making plays. We have a lot of freshmen that are stepping up and really stepping up when we need them to. We have a lot of veteran guys who are taking on the responsibility of being a leader on defense and offense, as well. I feel like camp is going real well."
On the defense...
"I definitely feel like we are a lot faster. This is our second year going into this defense, and we know where to go and where our assignments are. We have smart freshmen who can pick up right away. `Speedy' (secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Lionel Washington), and coach (Barry) Lamb and coach (Jason) Rollins are doing a great job of getting us ready and prepared for this Tulane offense and against Jackson State, as well."
On Saturday's scrimmage...
"I expect this defense to establish themselves as the dominant defense in this conference, and I feel like our offense is going to come out and make some plays, as well. I feel like we are going to have a lot of equal balance."
Sophomore wide receiver Marc Edwards
On Friday's practice...
"Today went pretty good. As a team, we worked on our special teams and we learned a bit through our walkthrough period for our scrimmage tomorrow. With the two-minute drill, we got acclimated with our quarterbacks and the hand signals, and where each man has to line up and what route to run, as well as the timing with each quarterback. I think it went pretty well today."
On fall camp...
"Fall camp, for me, has been pretty rough. But I have to just show up every day, work hard and get ready to play. Coach CJ says you have to have amnesia with all of the bad things that happen during camp. If you mess up, forget it and move onto the next thing. Coach CJ has a good plan for every play."
On the receiving corps...
"Being that we all came in during summer workouts and having only one or two summer classes, we had a bunch of free time after our workouts. We all just linked up, worked out together, ran routes, chilled and ate together. The chemistry is great with all of the wide receivers. We are all working hard."
On having less than two weeks before the first game...
"We are ready. Tulane is ready."