NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Tulane football team took advantage of fantastic weather to get in nearly a two hour and 45 minute practice on Friday, its final day in just helmets and shoulder pads before Saturday's full-contact drills begin.
The Wave spent the early part of Friday's practice working separately on offensive and defensive schemes, putting the finishing touches on offensive plays and defensive alignments.
The team then broke into position drills before various groups got together for some light contact work.
Perhaps the highlight of the day saw the Wave running backs and offensive line working against the defensive front seven, though tackling was limited.
"The weather was great today and you could see it reflected in our kids. They came out and worked hard," Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said. "This is our fourth day of the preseason and I think the guys are anxious to get full pads on and finally do some hitting. I think the coaches are, too."
The Tulane quarterback and wide receivers spent time working on routes before lining up against the Wave secondary in a series of drills. As a
group, the receivers stayed after practice, each catching 100 passes from a JUGGS ball machine.
"We have finally been able to get all of our installation work in,' Scelfo added. "Now that
we are moving to full pads tomorrow, we can see
who has retained the knowledge and who can play the way we need them to play."
The Green Wave puts on the full pads Saturday and will have the first of four two-a-day practices Sunday at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tulane's season
opener is Sept. 4 at Mississippi State while the Wave's home opener is one week later versus Florida A&M at the Louisiana Superdome. Kickoff
for that contest is at 6 p.m. Tickets for that game and the entire 2004 home schedule are on sale at the Green Wave Athletics Ticket Office in
the James W. Wilson Center or by calling 504-861-WAVE.
-- Roll Wave --
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