Running backs stand out in Tulane scrimmage ahead of storms approaching
Tulane continued its preparation for the 2020 season over the weekend, including a scrimmage which provided a better picture for coaches to evaluate.
Green Wave coach Willie Fritz feels his team continues to whip itself into the shape it needs to be in when Tulane opens its season at Mobile against South Alabama Sept. 12.
“We’ve got to get ourselves into game shape by practicing hard and completing plays,” Fritz said. “We try to spring on the field and spring off the field. That’s part of the conditioning that we do. It takes mental toughness to do it. I thought it was a good workout today.”
Fritz commented on the scrimmage Tulane held Saturday.
“Obviously, some guys played better than others,” Fritz said. “I think the main part was just getting out there and having the opportunity to compete and play real angles, really tackling, getting a guy down, really finishing a block, just understanding the bodies all around you.”
Fritz was very pleased with three of his primary players who he is counting on to make plays.
“I thought Tyjae Spears had some outstanding runs,” Fritz said. “He’s a dynamic football player. Amare (Jones) did some great things. Cam Carroll ran with an awful lot of power. Defensively, I thought Cornelius Dyson showed some stuff.”
Fritz heaped more praise upon Dyson, a freshman from Kentwood.
“He’s been excellent,” Fritz said. “He’s just got a tremendous attitude. The guy’s always got a smile on his face and when he comes to work, he likes to compete. He’s never really played safety before. He was more of a linebacker in high school. He played about 10 positions. We were fortunate enough to have him in camp and saw what kind of athlete he was. I think he can help us in the kicking game as well.”
Another player who has shown some promise is senior wide receiver Jaetavian Toles. After being moved to defensive back for a period of time, he is back on offense.
“He’s got really good movement, He’s got tremendous speed,” Fritz said. “I think he’s a 10.7 hundred meter guy in high school and he’s made some big plays for us. He’s got an opportunity, you know, I don’t say this very often, to be a dominating special teams player. He’s made some big plays catching the ball, too!”
How is Tulane handling the possibility of two hurricanes impacting the New Orleans area?
“We’ve got an emergency evacuation plan in case something were to happen,” Fritz said. “Luckily, I’ve got a lot of New Orleans guys on my team. We always take this stuff seriously. We’re definitely not doing anything tomorrow. That was going to be our day off, anyway. We may move some days around as far as practice is concerned depending on what happens over the next few days.”
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