Tulane dons shoulder pads for first time in preseason Wednesday

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NEW ORLEANS – Tulane football kicked it up a notch on Wednesday morning with the addition of shoulder pads for the third day of preseason practice at Yulman Stadium.

The addition of shells brought on a higher intensity in the two-hour workout on the stadium turf. Green Wave head coach Willie Fritz liked the development he saw from the team, and the young players in particular, on Wednesday.

“A bunch of guys got better today. Some of the freshmen are starting to practice like Division I football players, and we’re getting better at that as well,” Fritz said. “I saw some guys that showed some physicality. We still had too many guys on the ground, but we have to be physical and stay on our feet. Every day we have to become a more physical football team.”

Junior Jonathan Banks and sophomore Jonathan Brantley both made impressive pass completions during the 11-on-11 team session. Banks connected with junior receiver Devin Glenn deep over the middle for a touchdown, and Brantley rolled to his left and made a throw down the sideline to junior receiver Terren Encalade for a big gain.

The Green Wave returns to the field for the fourth day of workouts Thursday morning in Yulman Stadium. Practices are closed to the public.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 504-861-WAVE (9283), logging onto TulaneTix.com or visiting the ticket office at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center. Season tickets that includes all six home games during the 2017 season start as low as $200 for a single book and $300 for a family four-pack. Mini plans include the 3rd & Goal package for $75 and the Homecoming & Lagniappe package for $65. Seats are available in locations throughout Yulman Stadium.

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