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August 11th Practice Preview

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Freshman RB Orleans Darkwa

After another hot and productive practice yesterday, the Green Wave have this year’s first taste of two-a-days.

Today’s first practice will commence at 8:50 AM and the second will begin around the 3:00 PM this afternoon at the Westfeldt practice facility on Tulane University campus.

The players seems to excited about the first two-a-days of fall camp, as Ryan Travis tweeted this morning:

First day of two a days…I’ll just look at it as a 2 for one..2 chances 2 get better in 1 day!

A couple highlights from yesterday’s practice:

-The offensive line continues to build up higher expectations, as they have looked extremely impressive so far throughout camp and their conditioning was on full display yesterday.  It looks like QB Ryan Griffin will have time to deliver the football this year, which is a fantastic luxury.

-CB Phillip Davis had another great day on the defensive side of the ball, including a nice hit on WR Joe Kemp that forced a fumble

-Freshman RB Orleans Darkwa continues to have a great camp, as he is making a push for some touches in his rookie year with the Green Wave

We will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

Green Wave Practice #5 Preview

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

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

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 Football Practice #2 – August 5th

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

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.