February 13, 2013
Warmsley moves, Monroe stays at FS on first day of spring drills
Tulane sophomore Darion Monroe said he spent the opening day of spring drills at free safety, the same spot where he started every game a year ago. Junior defensive lineman Julius Warmsley spent time at tackle and end but worked primarily outside.
Those were the two most interesting developments during Tulane's closed indoor workout at the Saints facility on Wednesday morning, the first of 15 practices in the next four weeks. All but two of the practices will be on Airline Drive and closed to reporters and fans because the Saints don't allow any outsiders at their facility.
Tulane's practice field is unavailable with the beginning of construction of Yulman Stadium, which is due to open for the start of the 2014 season.
"I think I'm going to end up just going back and forth, basically wherever they need me," said Warmsley, who started at tackle last year but has played end before. "I'm up for it."
Tulane has some depth at tackle but is incredibly thin at end. With sophomore Aaron Bryant sidelined for all of spring drills by a late-season injury, only three scholarship ends from 2012 are available -Royce LaFrance, Andre Robinson and Wendell Beckwith.
That means Warmsley, a senior who had 5 ½ sacks in 2011, can count on getting most of his reps at end, although he might return to tackle in the fall.
"He was there today," coach Curtis Johnson said. "How well Julius can pass rush will tell us what we can do. He's fine against the run. He's great against the run. But how well he pass rushes will help us determine where he plays."
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