Aug. 26, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - A final pass dropped from the sky, there was a collision of humanity and there came a great whistle from Tulane head football coach Bob Toledo announcing, it is done. And just like that, Camp Toledo 2008 came to a close as the Tulane University football team held a grueling 24-period practice Tuesday afternoon at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
With classes starting around the Tulane campus on Wednesday, Tuesday was the final day the members of the Green Wave team were able to focus solely on football. Now, the student-athletes will begin the delicate balance of athletics and academics.
"We tried to assess them pretty good," Toledo said of his goals for preseason camp. "As far as conditioning goes, we wanted to make sure they're getting into game-type shape. We did a lot of drills - kickoff drills, different situation-type drills, we did a lot of formation-type situations where our defense had to line up in certain formations against our offense. Then we had a two-minute drill which stressed them pretty good, and then we ran them really good because we want them to be in good shape."
But while Camp Toledo may have come to an end on Tuesday, the Green Wave will hold one more scrimmage on Wednesday as part of the Fan Day festivities. The Tulane team will take the field for a one-hour practice at 2:50 p.m. and then hold a one-hour scrimmage immediately afterward. The scrimmage is just a small part of Fan Day 2008, however, as the football team - as well as members of the Green Wave's volleyball and cross country squads - will be on hand to sign autographs and discuss their upcoming seasons.
Following the meet and greet session, Tulane University will host a free concert featuring popular bands Bonerama and Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., beginning at 8 p.m. at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Freshman cornerback Alex Lauricella posted Tuesday's defensive play of the day with an interception in the endzone during 7-on-7 drills. From there, sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore completed all six of his passes for 39 yards while redshirt-freshman signal caller Joe Kemp went 4-of-7 for 28 yards in team pass.
"It was unbelievably different," Toledo said. "Yesterday, we did the drill and they didn't have any passion for it whatsoever. They didn't want to do it and we didn't do it very well. So I got on the coaches and the coaches got on the players. It was more organized and there was more effort today. That was a game-type situation and they did a good job."
In team drills, Toledo reached into his bag of tricks during full-team drills as the team practiced a handful of specialty plays - something that has become a staple of Bob Toledo-coached teams.
The Green Wave return to practice on Wednesday afternoon, culminating with the one-hour scrimmage, and the team will begin game-planning for Sept. 6's season-opener against Alabama. Thursday's practice will once again be at the Westfeldt Facility, but on Friday, the team will enjoy a change of scenery for a closed practice at the Louisiana Superdome beginning at 3:30 p.m.
"(Tomorrow's scrimmage) will be our last physical scrimmage-type practice," Toledo said. "We'll still hit them and bang them and do some things, but as far as tackling and cutting guys, tomorrow will be the last one. Then we'll go to the Dome. It'll be kind of a game-plan situation. It'll be a mock game with substitutions and get used to being in the game. We'll have coaches in the press box and those type of things."
Tulane opens the 2008 season on Sept. 6, when it travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a showdown with Alabama and the Green Wave open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 13, when Tulane plays host to Conference USA opponent East Carolina in the Louisiana Superdome.
Season tickets for the 2008 Tulane football season are now on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. For more information on 2008 Tulane football tickets or tickets to any future Green Wave home athletic event, contact the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.