Aug. 25, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Day 15 of preseason football practice can sometimes seem like the movie Groundhog Day as the days run together and the student-athletes continue to learn the offensive and defensive schemes.
Saturday's two-a-day for the Tulane Football team was anything but ordinary day of drills, however, as new head coach Bob Toledo had the Green Wave travel to the Louisiana Superdome for a closed scrimmage in the afternoon portion of practice. The Tulane squad held an 18-period practice at the Westfeldt Facility in the morning and boarded busses for downtown at 4:30 p.m. when it went through an array of game-like scenarios on the field the team has primarily called home since 1975.
"We wanted to introduce them to the arena, the venue and the atmosphere," Toledo said. "We showed them the locker room and where they're going to be before the game. Then we brought them on the field and told them where on the bench they were going to sit. We did substitutions. We did all the kicking game. We did everything we needed to do for our second week of practice.
"Now we've got a few more days to keep working. We've got our last double session Tuesday, school starts Wednesday and then we'll start preparing for Mississippi State from there on."
Toledo had his team practice as if it were a game on Saturday, including having coaches in the press box to oversee the action on the field. The coaches had a lot to talk about as several Green Wave players had solid performances.
Junior running back Ray Boudreaux had several nice runs, including breaking a tackle for what appeared to be a short loss only to bounce outside for a long gainer. Boudreaux had a pair of touchdown jaunts, including one around the right side from five yards out, and senior wide receiver Kenneth Guidroz hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Scott Elliott.
Defensively, senior safety Joe Goosby had a handful of open-field tackles and thwarted a drive by the offense with an interception in the endzone. Fellow safety David Skehan had a couple of tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and senior defensive tackle Avery Williams had a sack and two tackles for loss.
On special teams, sophomore Ross Thevenot made his first six field goals and all of his PAT attempts, and drew loud cheers from his teammates with several booming punts.
"A lot of guys looked good," Toledo said. "Guidroz had a couple of touchdowns. I thought Goosby made a couple of nice tackles. But again, it's hard for me to see individual performances when I'm trying to call plays and do other things, too. I see the obvious ones.
"I'm pleased with the progress. I think we've gotten better, but we've got a way to go yet. Once we settle on the guys who are really going to play the game, I think we can concentrate on them executing the plan and getting more the reps. I think then we'll be fine."
Tulane will enjoy a day away from the practice field on Sunday, but returns for a single session on Monday, Aug. 27. The Green Wave will hold its final two-a-day practice on Tuesday, and Fan Day is slated for Wednesday following Tulane's 2:50 p.m. practice.
The Green Wave open the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 8, when Tulane takes on Mississippi State at 6 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. Season tickets remain on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. For ticket information, visit the ticket office on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, by phone at 504-861-WAVE or on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.