Aug 24, 2013
New Orleans - The 2013 Tulane football preseason camp is in the books and the Green Wave has already turned its full attention to its first opponent of the season, the Jackson State Tigers, following a productive two-and-half hour practice this morning in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
In the 24th and final practice of fall preseason camp, Tulane didn't waste any time diving right into Jackson State's offensive and defensive schemes, while continuing to tweak its installs from the past weeks. Tulane's coaching staff continued to evaluate players with as many reps as possible on both sides of the ball.
In the special teams department, Tulane senior All-America kicker Cairo Santos was a model of consistency regardless of the distance on his field goal attempts as they each found their between the pipes.
"We've started preparing for the season opener and I thought today went very well overall," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "I thought the defense had some snafu's early that really didn't sit well with me, but we walked through them and I feel a lot better. The offense looked a lot sharper than I anticipated today. We've worked on Jackson State schemes a little in previous practices, but today was the first full day that we're dealing with Jackson State."
"We were up and down a little bit during fall camp but I would give the team a B+ grade. We had some really good position battles and were able to create more depth. We were able to achieve a lot of our goals. I thought the secondary played very well through the entire camp and we're very deep at defensive line. I thought we had a very good fall camp," Johnson added.
While Johnson has not named a starting quarterback for the opener, the trio of junior Nick Montana, redshirt freshman Devin Powell and true freshman Tanner Lee each received snaps against the scout team, who did their best simulation of the Jackson State defense.
Tulane will continue its game week preparations on Sunday with a closed practice at the Saints Indoor Facility.
The Green Wave opens the 2013 campaign on Thursday, Aug. 29, when its hosts to Jackson State at 7 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Season ticket packages are available for purchase and renewal by calling the Tulane Team Shop Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE (9283). All 2013 Tulane Football season ticket holders in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will have priority access to purchase season tickets in Yulman Stadium (those with a history of supporting both the Tulane Athletics Fund and buying season tickets will receive enhanced priority). Season ticket packages start as low as $100 for adults and $70 for youth.