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Updated Football Injury Report

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Tulane WR D.J. Banks

According to Tammy Nunez, there are some injuries to report:

-D.J. Banks separated his shoulder Monday and was cautious with it Tuesday

-Ryan Grant and Julius Warmsley have hip-flexor injuries.

-Freshman linebacker Steven Funderburk has a tweaked hamstring that will sideline him for 10 days to two weeks, according to Toledo.

http://www.nola.com/tulane/index.ssf/2010/08/defining_week_of_fall_camp_for.html

D.J. Banks has had a quiet camp thus far after a promising rookie campaign.  Ryan Grant has emerged as a legitimate threat to line-up across from senior WR Casey Robottom.  Hopefully, these minor injuries are just that, minor and don’t continue to nag throughout the year.

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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’s 3rd Practice Complete

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Tulane Sophomore WR Ryan Grant (Credit: Parker Waters/ tulanegreenwavecom)

In what was by far the most uncomfortable day weather-wise so far during camp, the Green Wave managed to have another productive practice.

Today’s practice was the first one with pads, and as a result, the intensity picked up.  It was great to see the shape that everyone was in  – despite the heat and humidity, the Green Wave looked well conditioned. And at times, they were almost too active as Head Coach Bob Toledo alluded to Friday, “Their enthusiasm was pretty good. Sometimes a little too good, but I’d rather have to slow them down then speed them up.”  At one point there was a little “fight” during practice, displaying the intensity the players are playing with.

A couple highlights from today’s practice:

-Sophomore DB Ryan Travis continued to play well in camp, with one interception of Ryan Griffin and one more pick of D.J. Ponder
-Freshman LB Logan Hamilton forced a fumble on senior RB J.T. McDonald, after a big hit
-Sophomore WR Ryan Grant made a nice on-handed sideline catch earlier in practice during a passing drill (see image, big thanks to Parker Waters)

Tomorrow is Media Day for the Green Wave, beginning at 11:45 AM.  Tulane Athletics will be providing a live stream on Media Day on their website as the event is closed to the general public. Media Day will also be available on WIST AM 690.

Practice will be pushed to the afternoon, starting at 3:20 PM.

We will be providing updates throughout Media Day.

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.

Football: First Practice Completed

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Tulane QB Ryan Griffin (Credit: Parker Waters)

Running around in 94 degrees does not sound fun.  Running around when it feels like 108 degrees, sounds worse.

Running around when it feels like 108 degrees on turf, sounds miserable.

The Green Wave participated in their first official practice of the season today in weather sporting a 108 degree heat index.  The players were extremely excited to participate in their first practice of the year and get it out of the way.

Unfortunately I was not in attendance and will not be able to attend a practice for the next 10 days or so, however Times-Picayune beat writer Tammy Nunez was braving out the heat, and here were some of her tweets from today’s action:

Tweet #1: tammynunez It’s halftime of 1st #tulane practice and mr. Griffin has worked some throwing mechanics. Result: 2 ryan grant td’s

Tweet #2: tammynunez first #tulane practice is over and here’s quick hits: griffin=impressive, robottom=solid, davis and lauricella=interceptions, good start

Nunez was impressed with the work of Ryan Griffin.  That’s awesome news – he will need to be the leader on offense this upcoming year.

And also everyone must keep an eye on Ryan Grant.  He’s one of a handful of players to watch for this upcoming season.

Video will be uploaded shortly.