Competition Heats Up As Tulane Football Wraps Day 14

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Junior Alex Wacha led the defensive backs in Wednesday's workout.
Junior Alex Wacha led the defensive backs in Wednesday's workout.

Aug. 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS- The Tulane football team showed no signs of fatigue on Wednesday as the squad held a morning practice following a double dose of workouts on Tuesday. The 24-period morning was a mix of drills and scrimmages that left Toledo pleased with the team's performance.

"Today the team came out with a lot of enthusiasm following the double workout yesterday," Toledo said. "They practiced hard and we got a lot accomplished."

The Green Wave opened the workout with position drills that saw each group working on different coverages and blocking schemes. From there, offensive positions were pitted against their defensive counter parts, giving the team a chance to work on their techniques in competitive scenarios. The receivers took on the defensive backs and were given three chances to score but the defense shut them down, winning the practice competition.

Thanks to a productive and efficient workout, the post-practice conditioning that usually takes place was decided by another friendly competition, this time with Toledo staging the offensive against the defensive units against each other.

The linemen represented each of their respective units, with eight members from each side called upon to catch a punt. The winner of the competition would be exempt from the conditioning drills. With each side divided on the field, the linemen set forth and with the defense down by one catch, junior Oscar Ponce de Leon set out to tie the game for the defense. To the cheers of his teammates, Ponce de Leon caught the punt, knotting the game at five apiece.

Because of the crisp workout and the final tie, Toledo waived the conditioning drills and sent the team to the locker room.

The Green Wave will return to the field on Thursday for what is scheduled to be their last double session, beginning at 9:30am.

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