Tulane Sports Information
NEW ORLEANS As the countdown to the regular-season opener against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane hit the one-week mark, the Tulane University football coaching staff have been slowly adding more and more game-like scenarios to the Green Wave's arsenal with each practice.
On Thursday morning at Tad Gormley Stadium, the Green Wave added another game-day condition even if involuntarily as the heat on the turf of the City Park facility reached nearly unbearable conditions. But while sweat poured from everyone from players to staff to media watching from the sideline, the team battled through the elements and turned in another praise-worthy performance, according to Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson.
'It was very, very hot,' Johnson said. 'I thought it was one of those testy-hot days. It was a mental preparation day for us. One of the things that we have to do is we have to learn to play in the heat. This was a good day to do that and I thought practice was pretty good. There weren't very many mental mistakes. We knew what we were doing and we knew where we were going. I definitely think the heat played a factor in today's practice.'
While the offense continued to improve its rhythm and timing, the Green Wave defense took center stage on Thursday as the unit combined to tally four tackles for loss, four interceptions, five pass break-ups and a forced fumble during 7-on-7 and full-team drills.
Senior safety Brandon LeBeau, junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss, sophomore safety Leonard Davis and redshirt-freshman corner Parry Nickerson each had an interception on the day. Nickerson added a forced fumble and a pass break-up while Davis, sophomore linebacker Nico Marley, sophomore defensive tackle Tanzel Smart and freshman defensive lineman Sean Wilson tallied one tackle for loss apiece.
'The defense ran around pretty well,' Johnson added. 'We had some tackling issues and a couple of gap responsibilities, but we're still early on in this thing. The offense played pretty well. For a first-and-10 day and our first time out in this thing, they did well. I thought the quarterbacks threw the ball really well today.'
The Green Wave return to the gridiron on Friday when they head to Airline Drive in Metairie for a closed practice at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Facility. Friday's practice is the first of three the Tulane team will hold in the pro setting as the team will go again on Saturday and Sunday mornings before the first day of classes University wide on Monday.
Tulane will kick off the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on fellow American Athletic Conference newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network before opening the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. in the new, on-campus Yulman Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPNews.
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