Tulane defense looks strong

With their first game just over a week away, Tulane’s football squad held their final Wednesday practice of fall camp indoors Wednesday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“I thought practice was real good,” Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said. “We did a run-drill on third downs. We have to run the ball better, and we definitely have to run the ball on third downs. I loved the enthusiasm. The defense played well, but the offense did win some of the battles in some of those runs. The odds were against the offense today, but that’s how it is sometimes. I loved the intensity, and I liked those guys running around. It was a good practice today.”

In 7-on-7 drills, junior safety Sam Scofield and freshman cornerback Parry Nickerson both had pass breakups.

When the team broke into a full 11-on-11, freshman linebacker Eric Thomas made a tackle for a 5-yard los and Andre Robinson had a sack.

Tulane will host Jackson State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Curtis Johnson radio show: New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. at 4141 St. Charles Ave. will host Tulane coach Curtis Johnson’s weekly radio show at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The show is carried on WMTI-FM, 106.1.

The first show will be on Tuesday because Tulane starts its season Thursday night. Most shows will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, with the excception of Monday, Sept. 9, because of a Thursday night game at Louisiana Tech.

QUARTERBACK CLUB SETS FIRST MEETING: Mickey Loomis, the Saints’ executive vice president and general manager, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson, LSU coordinator of football relations Charles Baglio and Newman coach Nelson Stewart are the featured speakers at the first meeting of the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club at lunchtime Monday at The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse Street in New Orleans.

Lunch is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.


SEASON TICKETS READY FOR PICK UP SUNDAY: In Lafayette, fans who ordered season tickets will be able to pick them up at the Ragin’ Cajuns Fall Fan Day on Sunday at the Cajundome. Doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket packets can be picked up at the box office windows in the front lobby of the Cajundome.

Any season tickets not picked up at Fan Day will be mailed on Monday. Fans can also purchase season tickets at Fan Day.

Nicholls State

Kickoff reception set for Wednesday: In Thibodaux, the Colonel Athletic Association will hold a kickoff reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at La Casa del Sol Restaurant.

Food and beverages will be complimentary for supporters in attendance, as football season ticket holders will be able to pick up their ticket books and CAA membership benefits packets as well.

For more information, call the Nicholls Ticket Office at (985) 448-4790 and the CAA at (985) 493-2517.

Louisiana Tech

Auburn on 2014 schedule: In Ruston, Louisiana Tech officials announced that the school has added Auburn to its 2014 nonconference football schedule.

The game, which will be the 13th in the series, will be Sept. 27, 2014 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.

The two teams last played in the 2009 season opener.

The last time Louisiana Tech faced a Southeastern Conference team, the then-23rd-ranked Bulldogs pushed No. 22 Texas A&M and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to the edge before falling 59-57 in what was named the No. 8 game of 2012 by ESPN.

Before that, Tech beat Ole Miss 27-7 in November 2011 after falling to Mississippi State 26-20 in overtime earlier that year.


WARHAWKS TO OPEN 2014 AGAINST WAKE FOREST: Louisiana-Monroe will host Wake Forest of the Atlantic coast Conference to kick off the 2014 season. Two weeks later, UL-Monroe will be at LSU.

The Warhawks also will face Southeastern Conference teams Kentucky and Texas A&M.