Aug. 19, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - A steady downpour of rain failed to make day 12 of the Tulane football team's preseason camp sloppy. Aided by the Westfeldt Practice Facilities' artificial turf, the Green Wave focused of executing with precision in crucial situations.
The rain began precisely at 9:57 a.m. of the morning 18-period session, while the Green Wave were running through their hurry-up offense, getting the team to the line, the signals called and plays off as quickly as possible.
"We've got darn near the whole playbook in right now," head coach Bob Toledo said. "Football is a game of situations. Substitutions and situations, and that's where we are at right now. Then, once we game plan, we'll rehearse game plans until we play the game."
The team's attention to detail continued as the squads worked on clean hand-offs and blocks, crisp routes and passes and sharp jumps off the ball in position drills.
During the Wave's red zone offense session, junior cornerback Charles Harris thwarted all attempts thrown toward his side of the field, while freshman wide out Matthew Ranzinger reeled in the ball in the opposite corner with one hand.
In the afternoon session, the sun split through the clouds as kicker junior Ross Thevenot and sophomore punter/kicker Darren deRochemont traded off splitting the uprights from a variety of distances while the Green Wave worked on their field goal units. The Wave practiced both at normal time, and getting on the field in a hurry-up situation.
The Green Wave wrapped up with running plays deep in their own zone, and on third and short-yardage situations, as well as kickoff coverage.
However, within the detailed, specialized practice, Toledo still found the opportunity to let his soaked squad square off, sumo style.
"We were going to run the alley drill, but the team had been taking a lot of hits," Toledo explained. "So we had a few guys who got some hits, but everyone else was just yelling and having fun."
Tulane will have one afternoon practice on Wednesday, which will culminate with a scrimmage in the final periods.