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August 11th Practice Wrap

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

DE Austen Jacks and the Green Wave Defense dominated Wednesday's action (Credit: Parker Waters /

The weather didn’t cooperate today and as a result, the Green Wave had a rain-shortened morning practice on Wednesday.  In what was scheduled as the Green Wave’s first two-a-days experience of the summer, the mid-August weather postponed the afternoon session until Thursday.

The Green Wave will practice in the Saints Indoor Facility tomorrow to avoid the looming tropical depression.  So Thursday, as it turns out, will be the first day of a two-a-days.

Wednesday morning’s practice was scheduled to begin at 8:50 AM, but was held off until 9:45 AM because of lighting in the area.

Today’s practice consisted of kickoff return and kickoff coverage drills, a brief scrimmage, third-down-and-distance drills and full-team thud drills.

Some highlights from Today’s activities:

-The defense was extremely impressive today, dominating the play
-DB’s Phillip Davis and Shakiel Smith had near interceptions during the brief scrimmage
-CB’s Ryan Travis and Davis had an interception each during the third down and distance drills
-DT Justin Adams and LB Darryl Farley also played well, applying pressure in the backfield during the third down and distance drills
-QB Kevin Moore had three TD passes during the third down and distance drills, while QB Ryan Griffin had one of his own
-In the full-team thud drills, Griffin connected with WR Devin Figaro for a 44-yard touchdown pass
-CB Alex Wacha played well during the full-team thud drills, both breaking up a pass and forcing and recovering a fumble.
-Cairo Santos hit field goals of 20, 32, 37 and 42 yards as he continues to impress Coach Bob Toledo and the rest of the staff

The Green Wave will be back at it tomorrow in the Saints indoor facility for their first taste of two-a-days, hopefully.


August 10th Video Interviews

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Compliments of Tulane Athletics, here are some short video interviews with Tulane Head Coach Bob Toledo, K Cairo Santos and RB Payten Jason after August 10th’s practice:

Green Wave Practice #5 Preview

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

WR Joe Kemp makes a nice reception (Credit: Parker Waters /

The Green Wave will come out fresh for this morning’s practice at the Westfeldt practice facility after a well-deserved day off on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Green Wave held practice in the afternoon after the conclusion of the annual Media Day activities. In what was by far the the hottest and most uncomfortable practice thus far, the Green Wave had another very productive practice session.

With again a strong emphasis on special teams, Bob Toledo’s team worked on beating one-on-one blocks to get to the returner quicker. The kickers also had a impressive day, as redshirt-freshman Ryan Rome, true freshman Cairo Santos and junior transfer Roger Williams combined to hit all nine of their field goal opportunities.

The offense worked on “situation” plays, mostly 3rd down and long plays while the defense worked on stripping the ball from the ball-carrier and recovering any lose football on the turf.

The finish up practice, the entire team took part in an 11-on-11 session. Here are some highlights:

-QB Ryan Griffin continues to get better and better, completing passes into very small windows
-RB Albert Williams also looked very sharp, utilizing his quick feet and great acceleration through the hole
-WRs Casey Robottom, Ryan Grant and Joe Kemp all made nice plays in traffic
-Freshman RB Orleans Darkwa has impressed many through the first week in camp and on Saturday he added a 61-yard TD run
-Freshman LB Dominique Robertson forced another fumble towards the end of practice

We will continue to provide updates throughout today

Green Wave Practice #3 – August 6th

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Green Wave WR Casey Robottom (Credit: Parker Waters/

Today the Green Wave will partake in their third practice of preseason camp. Coming off a very productive practice session yesterday, the Green Wave will take the field at the Westfeldt Practice Facility at 9:20 AM.

Leading the Green Wave onto the practice field will be three new captains, C Andrew Nierman, S Alex Wacha, and CB Phillip Davis.  The three seniors were elected by fellow teammates yesterday as this year’s Green Wave Captains

The weather report: Weather today is expected to be once again warm and sunny, with a chance of showers towards the end of practice.

To recap yesterday’s practice, here are some highlights:

-Freshmen made some more noise on Thursday’s Practice
-Cairo Santos (K/P) is really impressing both his teammates and Head Coach Bob Toledo
-Ray Oppman, a 6’1”, 213 lb. linebacker was also impressive on the defensive side of the ball
-Sophomore Jacob Davis made a nice-catch at the end of practice from the arm of freshman QB Taylor Bullock.

Another note that is slowly becoming more evident after these first couple days of practice – the conditioning is far better than it’s been in the past.  Maybe because the players are exerting more effort or there are just more athletes on the field, as compared to years past.  Whatever it is, it is exciting to see that the Green Wave are in shape and will be, come the final two minutes of games.

Here is a video report on yesterday’s practice from Tammy Nunez, beat write for the Times- Picayune.

We will continue to provide updates throughout practice.

Green Wave Football Practice #2 – August 5th

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

The Green Wave stretch before practice (Credit:

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” (

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.