September 10, 2013
Tulane defense vows improvement after dismal start vs. South Alabama
Head injuries are not a funny subject, but Tulane coach Curtis Johnson still chose the right moment to lighten the mood Tuesday at his weekly media luncheon.
After addressing several somber questions about the Green Wave's disheartening loss to South Alabama, he said linebacker Kyle Davis would miss the Louisiana Tech due to a concussion, then added some lagniappe.
"I don't know how mild or severe it was, but he's out," Johnson said. "He hasn't been around. He hasn't been in practice. We haven't locked him in a shed or anything. He's just out."
Johnson's playful reference to the controversial move that got former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach fired did not have much relevance to Thursday's game at Louisiana Tech -Bulldogs starting quarterback Scotty Young was at Texas Tech when the alleged incident happened -but the room dissolved in laughter.
It beat talking about an opening half that made anyone associated with Tulane want to cry.
South Alabama, which had never put up more than 31 points in regulation since joining the FBS in 2012, scored four touchdowns in its first five possessions. Tulane's defense settled down to allow only two field goals the rest of the way, but the players admitted Tuesday they did not show up ready to play.
"We came out too sluggish and slow," sophomore free safety Darion Monroe said. "We had guys in the wrong gaps at certain points. We had a lot of coverage busts. On the right side of the field, me and Lorenzo (Doss) weren't on the same page. In the second half we calmed down and started doing things right."
Monroe admitted that for whatever reason, Tulane practiced poorly last week after beating Jackson State of the FCS 34-7 on opening night. That sloppiness carried over to the game.
"He (Doss) didn't get the calls sometimes when I gave them to him, and that's my fault," Monroe said. "I'm supposed to make sure he's looking at me and gets the call, and that's why they were getting over the top of us. I was coming down, and he didn't know I was coming down."
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