NEW ORLEANS, La.–The second two-a-day practice of the 2004 preseason yielded positive results for the Green Wave as the Tulane University football team went full-contact in the morning before donning helmets and shorts in the afternoon Tuesday at the Westfeldt Facility.
After working on several situational plays in full pads in the early session, the Green Wave focused on its offensive and defensive packages in the afternoon. In addition, Tulane spent a lot of time working on special teams during the latter session, including PATs, field goals, kickoffs and return game.
"It was a good day today," head coach Chris Scelfo said. "We got a lot done, and once again we had great weather to do it in. The morning was very physical, and I thought our defense did a very good job. This afternoon, we focused a lot more on the small things and the kicking game.
"This afternoon probably wasn't the most fun practice to watch, but it was by far one of the most important ones we've had so far. I'm proud of the players for picking up a lot of what we were throwing at them and for making the best of the two-a-day practice."
After the offense held the upper hand in Monday's single practice, defense dominated the day in the morning session on Tuesday. In goal-line drills, the defense made several stops, including numerous tackles for loss and two pass break ups in the endzone.
The offense was not without its highlights, however, as sophomore quarterback Nick Cannon threw a pair of touchdown passes, and fellow sophomore signal-caller Lester Ricard scored on a play fake when he kept the ball and scored untouched up the left sideline.
Things were a little lighter in the afternoon as the Green Wave worked on clock-management situations and special teams formations. Sophomore kicker Barrett Pepper was perfect on the day, easily making both of his PAT attempts and ringing true on a pair of 32-yard field goals.
Tulane will hold its first scrimmage of the preseason on Wednesday at the Westfeldt Facility, beginning at 4 p.m. The scrimmage is open to the public and free of charge.
The Green Wave officially kick off the 2004 season on Saturday, Sept. 4, when they travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State at 5 p.m. That game will be aired live on ESPN2. Tulane opens its six-game home schedule the following Saturday (Sept. 11) when the boys in Olive and Blue play host to Florida A&M at 6 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. For season and single-game ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.
Second Day Of Two-A-Days Yields Positive Results
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