Senior Jeremy Williams hauls in one of his career-high 10 catches for 222 yards against McNeese State last Saturday.
Sept. 28, 2009
New Orleans - Fresh off its first victory of the season last week with a 42-32 win against McNeese State, the Tulane football team returned to the practice field today with pep in its step and a winning swagger as the Green Wave turns its attention to this week's opponent, the Army Black Knights.
In a light practice in shells (helmet and shoulder pads) today at the Westfeldt Practice Facility under a crisp autumn sun, the team began the two-hour session with fundamental drills and then turned its attention to stopping Army's option attack on defense while the offense focused on moving the ball against the Black Knights' flex defense.
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said he noticed a considerable change in the team's attitude and body language today, but knows it's important for his team to put last Saturday's win behind it and move on to Army.
"It's been a long time coming that's for sure, but it feels good and I think our kids have, I don't want to say a swagger, a little more confidence and they feel good about themselves," Toledo said. "It's nice to get the monkey off your back and win a game. When you win, there's a little more confidence like we can continue to do this and we just told them to correct the mistakes they made and keep improving every week and win more games.
"We spent quite a bit of time on Army today. We did individual stuff and then scout stuff with just shells. Tomorrow we'll be in full pads and on Wednesday and go full speed, so we tried to give them an idea of what the game plan is and what the opponent looks like on offense and defense."
Also on Monday, Tulane senior flanker Jeremy Williams was named the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week, as selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Williams had a big Saturday afternoon for Tulane at the Superdome, catching 10 balls for a career high 222 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Green Wave to its first win of the year with a 42-32 victory over McNeese State. Williams was the lone Wave player to catch a pass and registered Tulane's entire receiving yardage. He also ran the ball four times for 10 yards for 232 all-purpose yards.
His 222 receiving yards were the third-best single game effort in Tulane history and the seventh 200-yard game by a Tulane player. Williams, a senior from Baytown, Texas, chalked up 106 yards by half time and made a 40-yard finger-tip catch on the goal line on a third and two play for the Wave. He also hauled in a touchdown pass in the first quarter. Williams recorded his seventh 100-yard receiving game of his career, which moves him into sixth place on Tulane's all-time list.
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