Oct. 7, 2009
New Orleans - The Tulane football team dodged several rain storms and the typical Gulf Coast humidity that follows during their 24-period practice today at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
The Green Wave continued its preparation for this weekend's opponent- Conference USA rival Marshall. In its normal Wednesday in full pads, Tulane withstood the rainstorms and remained undeterred on the practice field as the heavy deluges came and went. TU continued to prepare for the Thundering Herd's Darius Marshall, the top ground gainer in the nation who also leads the country in all-purpose yards. Along with his rushing attack, Marshall has also been a force in the kickoff return game.
The Green Wave continues its preparation for Marshall on Thursday before its weekly walk through on Friday. Tulane is 2-2 overall and enters Saturday's contest with an opportunity to win its third straight game, which was last done in 2004, and improve to 3-2 for the first time since the 2003 campaign.
"We had a good practice today despite the rain," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "It was very hot and humid out here and we had a few guys go down because of it, but it was a good physical practice in full gear and we just practiced our game plan. Our guys seem focused, they are concentrating on what they are supposed to do, and they're giving us good effort and learning the game plan. Now all we have to do is go out and execute it."
Tulane senior flanker Jeremy Williams is among the top-20 receivers listed on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation's top receiver, for his performance this season.
Williams continues to burn opponents' defensive secondary's this season with 26 receptions for 525 (20.2) yards and three touchdowns, and he has two 100-yard and one 200-yard receiving games. He currently leads all Conference USA players and ranks second nationally for receiving yards per game with 131.25, while his 6.5 receptions per game ranks fourth in the league and is tied for 29th nationally.
Tulane returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 10, when the Green Wave hosts the Thundering Herd in a Homecoming contest in the Louisiana Superdome. Kickoff for that game is slated for 2:37 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283) or visit www.TulaneGreenWave.com to purchase your tickets today.