September 18, 2013

Football notebook: Broccoli getting ready

Steven Broccoli lined up to kick a 47-yard field goal at the end of Tulane's Wednesday morning practice, put his foot into the ball in a live drill and sent it straight toward the center of the uprights.

One problem. The ball sailed under, not over, the crossbar.

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson won't reveal Broccoli's comfortable range, but if that attempt was any indication, the Green Wave will be going for fourth downs at the Syracuse 30 this Saturday if Cairo Santos is unavailable.

"I was trying to put some pressure on him to get a kick (in the live drill)," Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said. "We rushed him, and he didn't get a leg into it. I thought he saw the rush, but I'm comfortable with him."

Johnson said he had talked Monday night to Santos, who flew to Brazil for his father's funeral after the stunt plane he was flying crashed Sunday. Santos' status for the game at Syracuse is unclear at this point.

"He's doing about as well as he can be doing," Johnson said. "He's torn up. It's just a horrible time for anyone. I lost my father, and it was just a bad deal. I just pray for him, that's all."

Johnson said Santos still intended to be with the team on Saturday, adding he certainly would understand if he changed his mind.

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