NEW ORLEANS, La.–Entering the second week of preseason practice, the Tulane University football team kicked it up a notch as the Green Wave held their first two-a-day session Monday at the Westfeldt Facility.
Battling the heat that is synonymous with New Orleans in August, the Green Wave donned full pads in the morning while going with shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) in the afternoon. The Tulane team got off to a bit of a sluggish start during the morning's 18-period session, but finished strong in the afternoon to close out the day on a high note.
"I was a bit disappointed with our focus in the morning," head coach Chris Scelfo said. "There was a quick turnaround from yesterday, we didn't get finished until late because of the weather, and we got it going again early this morning. As a result, the enthusiasm was lacking a little bit. In the afternoon, the bounce was back and they responded like a good football team should."
Monday's practices saw the Green Wave run the gamut of the usual drills, and as has been the norm during Scelfo's tenure as head coach, the Tulane team closed out each session with 11-on-11 competitions. While the morning's full-team drill featured plenty of hitting, the afternoon session was dominated by big-time defensive plays.
Defensive backs Israel Route and Tra Boger both snared interceptions, and senior Sean Lucas nearly came away with another after batting a ball and diving for it on a tip drill. Rookie linebacker Jordan Ellis broke up a pass over the middle with a leaping effort, and fellow freshman Josh Lumar had a perfectly-timed swat to knock the ball out of the hands of a receiver late in the day.
"The defense was flying around today," Scelfo said. "Our offense made some plays, but our first-team defense really stepped up. I challenged them before practice. We've got enough experience and leadership to be good on defense."
The offense was not without its moments, however, as running back Matt Forté had some nice runs, and fullback Ade Tuyo was able to move his way through traffic on a third-and-eight drill for a long touchdown jaunt.Tulane will host Media Day on Tuesday, Aug. 16 beginning at 11 a.m. and will take the field at 4 p.m. for a single session.
The Green Wave will hold two-a-day practices on Wednesday and Friday, a single session on Thursday, and hold a scrimmage on Saturday at the Westfeldt Facility. The Green Wave's scrimmage is open to the public, and admission is free. The afternoon practice sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, however, will not be held on campus and will be closed to the public.
The Green Wave kickoff the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Southern Miss before opening the home schedule on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Mississippi State. For season ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletic Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE or log onto the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
Tulane Holds First Two-A-Day Practices Monday
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