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2010 Green Wave Football Signee Class

July 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Since we are in a holding pattern for the weekend before camp starts, I just want to post an updated list of the 2010 freshmen.

Wendell Beckwith DL 6-3 230 Clinton, La./Clinton HS
Taylor Bullock QB 6-2 210 New Iberia, La./Catholic HS
Kerchal Byrd LB 6-0 216 Palmetto, Fla./Palmetto HS
Brent Comardelle WR 6-0 186 League City, Texas/Clear Creek HS
Orleans Darkwa RB 5-11 200 Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School
Kyle Davis DB 5-11 204 San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan HS
Zach Davis LB 6-0 207 Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill HS
Cameron DeJean DB 6-2 195 Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS
Sean Donnelly OL 6-8 306 Pelham, N.Y./Trinity Pawling School
Steven Funderburk DB 6-2 196 Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast HS
Jonathan Ginsburgh P 5-11 195 Alexandria, La./Holy Savior Menard Central HS
Logan Hamilton LB 5-11 215 Lake Charles, La./Barbe HS
Pat Husain OL 6-6 285 Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township HS
Matt Marfi si TE 6-5 235 Tomball, Texas/Tomball HS
Ray Oppman LB 6-1 213 Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS
L.J. Parker DB 5-10 175 Port Allen, La./Port Allen HS
Steve Purcell K 5-11 205 Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale
Dominique Robertson LB 6-0 190 Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods HS
Andre Robinson LB 6-1 215 Longwood, Fla./Lyman HS
Cairo Santos K 5-8 156 St. Augustine, Fla./St. Joseph’s Academy
Adam Skidmore OL 6-6 290 Bayville, N.J./Central Regional HS
Ben Stone OL 6-3 282 Natchitoches, La./St. Mary’s HS
Jamar Thomas RB 5-11 187 Baton Rouge, La./University Lab
N’Gal Tillman RB 5-11 176 New Orleans, La./St. Augustine
Kenneth Welcome DL 6-2 281 New Orleans, La./McDonogh 35 HS
Ian Wiggins OL 6-4 285 Terryville, Conn./Cheshire Academy

Over the course of camp, I will post some Player Profiles of the newest Green Wave members.

It’s Official: Patrick Ramsey to Saints

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment
Patrick Ramsey

Former Tulane Quarterback Patrick Ramsey

Tulane Green Wave Alum Patrick Ramsey has officially signed with the Saints, after what seems like weeks of speculation.

He was signed on Wednesday and partook in his first practice of the year on Friday. Ramsey took the majority of the snaps with the second team offense, as he is the early favorite to succeed Mark Brunell as Drew Brees’ backup.

Ramsey will have to beat out Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield, who are also both fighting for a spot on the defending Super Bowl Champions roster.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has brought in four quarterbacks to camp – its very unlikely that all four will be around for the beginning of the 2010 regular season.  Ramsey must earn a roster spot on this Saints team, he is a not a “shoe-in” by any means.

Throughout the course of the NFL season, we will try to keep everyone updated on the notable alumni.

Casey Robottom (WR) – Player Profile

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Below is the second installment of our Player Profiles:

19 • CASEY ROBOTTOM, WR

5-11 • 177 • Senior • LaPlace, La.

Casey Robottom

Tulane Wideout Casey Robottom

Career:  A 5-11, 177 lbs. redshirt senior and three-year letterman, Robottom has played in 36 career games, starting 25.  Has made 78 receptions over his three-year career for a total of 969 yards (12.4 avg), with 3 TD. Has also returned both punts and kicks throughout his career.

Robottom came into the 2009 season as a dependable receiver, lining up across from Jeremy Williams.  Robottom had an opportunity to shine during the 2008 campaign, when Williams was on the shelf with hand and knee injuries.  And Robottom kept the success rolling in 2009 and then some.  Robottom started all 12 games in 2009, finishing only behind Williams in total receptions (50), receiving yards (584), yards per catch avg (11.7), and TD receptions (2).  Robottom emerged as Mr. Dependable – he ran his routes precisely and caught everything remotely close to him.

Here are some notable achievements from Robottom’s redshirt junior year (Source: TU FB 2010 Prospectus):

  • Snared four passes for 44 yards at Army on Oct. 3
  • Collected two six-catch games: for 82 yards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 4 and for 61 yards at Southern Miss on Oct. 24
  • Posted a pair of seven-catch games: for 63 yards at LSU on Oct. 31 and for 83 yards against UTEP on Nov. 7
  • Caught a career-high eight passes for a season-best 91 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown grab, at Rice on Nov. 14
  • Added two-catch games against Houston on Oct. 17 for 51 yards and at UCF on Nov. 21 for 13 yards
  • Hauled in five passes for 59 yards at SMU in the season finale
  • Has 26 career punt returns for 153 yards(5.9 avg)

Robottom played very well in the 2009 season.  And now that Jeremy Williams is gone, it’s Robottom’s show.  The 2010 season will be the most challenging year by far for Robottom, as he is now the opposing defense’s primary concern.  He can no longer live in the shadow of Jeremy Williams – he will be Ryan Griffin’s favorite target.  And Robottom must adjust to the new offense that Offensive Coordinator Dan Dodd is installing.  Moving away from the conventional West Coast system, Dodd is installing an offense that uses a vertical passing attack.  That translates to more big-play opportunities for Robottom, who has been a steady, consistent short-distance threat in the past.  Lining up across from D.J. Banks will alleviate some pressure, as Banks is emerging as a very viable receiver for head coach Bob Toledo.

But the onus will primarily fall on Robottom, who is known as a polished all-around receiver with sticky hands.  Robottom will be a key piece on the offensive side of the ball throughout the season for the Green Wave, as he will be Griffin’s best and most reliable receiver. Time will tell to see how reliable Robottom will be in 2010, now that he is the #1 guy in town.

Green Wave Football Preseason Camp Starts Wed, Aug 4th

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Ahhh – finally.  Green Wave preseason camp is right around the corner.  The Tulane Athletics Department announced the Football Preseason Schedule Wednesday night.  All freshmen are to report this Monday (Aug 2nd) and veterans report the following day, Tuesday (Aug 3rd).  The first practice commences at 9:20 AM on Wednesday (Aug 4th) on the Westfeldt Practice Facility.  The Green Wave have about a week to get their legs under them before Two-A-Days start on Wednesday, August 11th.

The General Public is invited to come watch the Green Wave scrimmage on Saturday, August 21st, while the Annual Fan Day will take place the next week on Wednesday, August 25th, from 5-7 PM.

Below is the Full Schedule for the entire Preseason Camp, as released by the Tulane Athletic Department:

August
2 Monday Freshmen Report
3 Tuesday Veteran’s Report
4 Wednesday Practice #1 (9:20 a.m.)
5 Thursday Practice #2 (9:20 a.m.)
6 Friday Practice #3 (9:20 a.m.)
7 Saturday Practice #4 (3:20 p.m.)
9 Monday Practice #5 (9:20 a.m.)
10 Tuesday Practice #6 (9:20 a.m.)
11 Wednesday Two-a-Day Practices #7/#8 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
12 Thursday Practice #9 (9:20 a.m.)
13 Friday Two-a-Day Practices #10/#11 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
16 Monday Practice #12 (9:20 a.m.)
17 Tuesday Practice #13 (9:20 a.m.)
18 Wednesday Two-a-Day Practices #14/#15 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
19 Thursday Practice #16 (9:20 a.m.)
20 Friday Two-a-Day Practices #17/#18 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
21 Saturday Practice #19 (3:20 p.m.) OPEN SCRIMMAGE
23 Monday First Day of Class Practice #20 (2:50 p.m.)
24 Tuesday Practice #21 (2:50 p.m.)
25 Wednesday Practice #22 (2:50 p.m.)
Fan Day (5-7 p.m.)
26 Thursday Practice #23 (2:55 p.m.)
27 Friday Practice #24 (2:55 p.m.)
September
2 Thursday Season Opener vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Louisiana Superdome
7 p.m.

Ryan Griffin (QB) – Player Profile

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

As promised, here is the first of the player profiles.  As I mentioned in earlier posts, we’re also trying to get some interviews before the season starts up on September 2nd.  The Player Profile pages can be found at all point in time under the “Tulane Football” Tab, sub-tab “FB 2010 Player Profiles”.

11 • RYAN GRIFFIN, QB

Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin Tulane Quarterback

6-5 • 215 • So.-R • Westlake Village, California

Career: A rising redshirt sophomore, who has played in nine career games, starting six.  Completed 141 of 222 attempts for a .635 completion percentage, with 9 TD and 6 INT.

Griffin came into the 2009 season as a viable backup option behind good friend, Joe Kemp, for Bob Toledo’s Green Wave.  However, Griffin’s leadership quickly emerged towards the middle of the year, as he had come in for Kemp in both the Marshall and Houston games.  Toledo named Griffin the starter for the Southern Miss game on October 24th.  And from there on, there was no looking back.  Griffin started the last six games of the year and completed 118 of 175 attempts, while throwing for 1,143 yards, 8 TD and 6 INT.  His completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns were the most by a Tulane freshman in school history.

Here are some notable achievements from Griffin’s redshirt freshman year (All achievements from TU FB 2010 Prospectus):

  • Earned first career start at Southern Miss on Oct. 24, completing 21-of-33 passes for 158 yards
  • Posted 163 yards on 21-of-29 passes at LSU on Oct. 31
  • Accounted for four touchdowns in a 45-38 overtime win over UTEP, throwing for three scores while running the ball five times for 16 yards and a touchdown
  • Threw for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games, tallying a career-high 278 vs. UTEP on Nov. 7 and 261 at Rice on Nov. 14
  • Posted a pair of three-touchdown pass games in 2009: vs. UTEP on Nov. 7 and at Rice on Nov. 14 while completing a career best 24 passes in each ballgame
  • Threw for 216 yards (18-of-26) and a pair of scores in the season finale at SMU

Griffin played great throughout the remainder of the year, as his stats indicate.  However compared to Kemp, Griffin doesn’t have any greater physical abilities.  In fact, Kemp has a stronger arm and better speed.  So what sets Griffin apart from Kemp? Griffin has a quiet confidence about him.  He always seems like he is in control – he isn’t easily flustered.  As Jeremy Williams mentioned last year, Griffin doesn’t hesitate and is very decisive as to what he wants to do with the ball.

The 2010 season will pose another challenge for Griffin, as Offensive Coordinator Dan Dodd seems to be tweaking the offense.  Moving away from the conventional West Coast system, Dodd wants to install more of a vertical passing game. Dodd and the rest of the Green Wave staff want Griffin to become more effective with his touch on the deep ball, allowing the underneath game to open up.  Griffin struggled last year with the deep ball because of his arm strength.   Griffin will also have to adjust to an offense that no longer boasts the talents and abilities of Jeremy Williams and Andre Anderson.  Griffin must familiarize himself with his new receiving core and get their timing down before their three games against Ole Miss, Houston and Rutgers.  Casey Robottom will make the transition a little smoother for Griffin, as the senior receiver had some success in 2009.

Coming into this year’s preseason Griffin is the starting QB, and if he plays like he did down the stretch last year, will be for a while.  Some are saying that he is the first QB since J.P. Losman that the program will be able to build around. This is Griffin’s team – let’s see what he can do with the Green Wave in 2010.

C-USA Football – 9 Game League Schedule

July 28, 2010 1 comment

Conference USA is considering moving to a 9 game league schedule, according to the orlandosentinel.com.  During Conference USA’s football media day on Sunday, there was some talk that C-USA was fed up by not having any league teams represented in the BCS games.  The solution – more league play and a softer non-conference schedule.

C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky stated on Sunday, “We have talked about moving to a nine-game conference schedule”, however it will be difficult economically to do so.  The non-conference games against powerful opponents are the events that bring in the big money for C-USA.  Trying to abandon that method will be tough financially moving forward Banowsky said, “…It’s a difficult dynamic because there’s an economic factor associated with [it] and you have to balance it. You have to pay for your athletic programs and you to have a good season ticket for the fans. It’s challenging.”

There is no question that a softer non-conference schedule will help improve the chances of an undefeated season within the conference and hence a better overall record, but does it help the Tulane Football program? C-USA as a whole?

C-USA is not known as one of the power conferences in college football.  And to basically “trap” the conference’s teams to play against each other will bring down the quality and integrity of the conference.  By allowing its’ teams to play against powerful non-conference schools, the quality of the football will rise and the impact of a win will be much greater.

For example, a 7-6 (6-3) year looks great on paper.  Hypothetically, we finished 3 games above .500 in league play, with big wins over Houston and Rice.  However, I’d rather have a 6-7 (4-4) record with big wins against Rutgers and Ole Miss.

Wins against powerful programs will put the Green Wave on the map.  Big wins against big schools translates to a better foundation for years to come, with better recruits and more cash flow.  Granted, finishing 3 games above .500 would be great, a big step in the right direction for TU Football.  But I’d rather upset Ole Miss and Rutgers and finish at .500 in the conference.

Some food for thought for the future.

Three Green Wave Football Games on National TV

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I know it’s some old news, but I think it’s worth sharing.

The Ole Miss game at the ‘Dome on Sept 11 will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 PM.  In addition to the Green Wave playing on ESPN2, they will also have two games on CBS College Sports, formerly known as CSTV – at Houston on Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. and at Marshall at 11 a.m. on Nov. 27.

The Ole Miss meeting at home will be a huge game for the program.  These National TV events for the Green Wave are a rare treat, and when they have them, the Green Wave must take advantage of them.  National TV games are a chance for the program to build up its reputation and catch the eye of some potential recruits, as they did in the Army game last year on CSTV, when Ross Thevenot kicked the game-winning field goal with 2 minutes and change left.

These games are the building blocks for the years to come, and the Green Wave need as much fan support as possible, especially Sept 11 at the ‘Dome.  ROLL WAVE!