The Green Wave stretch before practice (Credit: tulanegreenwave.com)
Today the Green Wave will partake in their second practice of preseason camp. Coming off a very successful and productive practice yesterday, the Green Wave will take the field at the Westfeldt Practice Facility at 9:20 AM – on the dot. Yesterday, Head Coach Bob Toledo and his staff began yesterday’s practice exactly at 9:20 AM, so I’d expect the same today.
The weather report: Should not feel as hot today as it will be a little less humid and more overcast. Showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area in the early afternoon.
To recap yesterday’s practice, here are some highlights:
-QB Ryan Griffin looked very sharp, playing with more confidence now that he knows he is the “guy”
-WRs Casey Robottom and Ryan Grant looked very comfortable working with Griffin
-RB Albert Williams displayed quick feet in navigating through the line and acceleration through the hole
-CBs Phillip Davis and Alex Lauricella made some nice plays on the defensive side of the ball, including a Lauricella interception
-A few freshmen impressed Toledo and staff, including RB Orleans Darkwa, QB Taylor Bullock, CB L.J. Parker, K/P Jonathan Ginsburg, and K/P Cairo Santos
A major area of emphasis yesterday was special teams. Toledo acknowledged that special teams have been the Green Wave’s “Achilles heel” during his tenure. Toledo feels that having better athletes on the field will improve the special teams, “Part of it is being better athletes. We recruited six linebackers and four defensive backs, so we’ve got some better athletes on the field. When you talk about (a field measuring) 53 1/3 by 100 yards, you can get spread out and a better athlete beats a lesser athlete. We think that our athleticism has improved” (tulanegreenwave.com).
Another integral part of special teams is the role of the kicker/punter. The P/K job is up for grabs at this point, as Ross Thevenot graduated just a few short months ago. Ginsburg, Santos, redshirt-freshman Ryan Rome, transfer Roger Williams and sophomore walk-on Steve Purcell will all be fighting for the kicking duties.
All in all, it was a great first day of practice.
We will continue to provide updates throughout the day.