Freshman offensive lineman Chris Taylor battles fellow freshman Eric Bell during Tuesday morning's practice in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Aug 20, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - It was a day full of situational drills as the Tulane University football team continued its preparation for the upcoming 2013 season with a single, full-pad practice on Tuesday morning in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
After going through the usual positional and full-team sessions, the Green Wave spent time doing goal line, third-and-one, kickoff and kickoff return, Hail Mary and first-and-10 and PAT/field goals drills before wrapping up the day with a pair of two-minute drills. The offense was the bright spot early on but the defense picked things up as the day progressed.
"I thought things went well," second-year Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson said. "I thought we had a good goal-line scrimmage. The offense played well on the goal line and in short yardage. Then we went into two minute and the defense dominated the drill. That's probably how it should be at this time in practice. I thought they ran around well. It was a good full-pad practice. I'm really excited about the secondary. I thought we had a good day today."
Junior quarterback Nick Montana opened goal-line play with a rushing touchdown, both redshirt-freshman Lazedrick Thompson and junior Danté Butler plunged in from one yard out and rookie quarterback Tanner Lee connected with sophomore tight end Sydie London for another score.
In third-and-one drills, the offense was able to convert on three-of-six chances as Thompson ran for a pair of first downs and quarterback Devin Powell connected with junior wideout Xavier Rush for a 35-yard touchdown. A pair of drops cost the offense more conversions and the defense came up with a tackle for loss as well.
Following a period of kickoff and kickoff return plays, Johnson had his team line up for a pair of desperation heaves. Sophomore safety Darion Monroe intercepted the first toss with a leaping grab at the goal line while redshirt-freshman receiver Devon Breaux snared a Powell offering on the second chance. The offense gained chunks of yardage in first-and-10 drills and later in seven-on-sevens, but the defense turned in a pair of highlight plays as senior linebackers Kyle Davis and Zach Davis each picked off a pair of batted passes to force turnovers.
From there, senior place kicker Cairo Santos - a preseason All-American and winner of the 2012 Lou Groza Award - split the uprights on five of his eight tries, including a long of 42, and the defense capped the day by stopping the offense shy of the endzone twice in two-minute drill.
"That's what we have to do now," Johnson added. "We have to play the game. We'll do a lot of situations. Tomorrow, we'll be in third down a little more and a little bit of red zone. We'll do some things every day, just situational practices. That's what we're into right now. I think those kids are responding very well."
The Green Wave return to practice on Wednesday, Aug. 21, when they will hold a single session starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Superdome. That practice will be the third of six consecutive at the Dome as Tulane will wrap up preseason camp on Saturday.
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.
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.