Tulane opens Week 3 of spring

METAIRIE — Two days after saying he was “disappointed” with the way his team practiced, second-year Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson had his team firing on all cylinders Monday as the Green Wave opened Week 3 of spring practice at the New Orleans Saints’ indoor facility on Airline Drive.

“We came in today with great energy,” Johnson said. “We had a little break with a day off yesterday, and they had energy and ran around today. I thought we had a great practice.

“They just needed a day off to get their minds right and refocus. I just told them that we can’t win with them practicing like they did on Saturday. Today, I thought they were good.”

One major change, however, was the look of the cornerbacks.

Position coach Lionel Washington, who starred at Tulane from 1979-82 before embarking on a 15-year playing career in the NFL, had his players don tape on the peripheral of their shields to serve as blinders.

“Our corners have bad eyes,” Johnson said. “They need glasses like I have. So what we did was put blinders on them to teach them to focus on what they are doing. .... The thing about corners if that you have to watch what is happening.”


Opening day of practice washed out: In Monroe, heavy rain pushed the first practice of Louisiana-Monroe’s spring season back by a day.

The squad will practice at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for 1 hour 50 minutes.