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.
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.
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.
Compliments of Tulane Athletics, here are two quick video interviews with Tulane Green Wave QB Ryan Griffin and LB Trent Mackey on August 4th, the first day of Tulane Practice: