When you chat with college football coaches, the first thing they usually talk about when recruiting players is how well they run.
this week, the Tulane Green Wave, can do just that. The fact that Tulane is even
playing this fall is a miracle in itself, having been reduced to the Nomad of
the College Football Gridiron this season due to Hurricane Katrina damage
inflicted on New Orleans.
The fact that they have been as competitive as
they are is a tremendous testament to coach Chris Scelfo and his
"It is truly remarkable what they have been able to do. Chris
(Scelfo) and the whole staff have to be commended for what they have been able
to do under incredible circumstances,'' Navy Defensive Coordinator Buddy Green
Tulane comes to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and hopes to
repeat last year's win in New Orleans, one of only two losses Navy suffered last
"Offensively we're not firing on all cylinders right now," Scelfo
said. "It would be nice to get a couple of plays from our defense and against a
good team like Navy we're going to need that.''
Green is quite aware of
the problems the Tulane offense presents, despite the fact that Tulane blew a
20-7 halftime lead against Marshall last Saturday.
"They can flat out
run and Lester Ricard is a terrific quarterback. He does so many things to put
pressure on the defense. He has a strong arm but then can make plays running if
he has too,'' Green said.
Tulane is averaging 328 yards a game which is
only good for tenth in C-USA, and they are last against the run. Of course for
Navy, playing well on offense could help the defense on Saturday.
Navy, simply, they must stop turning the ball over. Few football teams win when
they lose the turnover battle, especially when you need to score 20 points a
game or more to win.
Judging by some of his comments this week, Navy
head coach Paul Johnson's players are going to have to perform very well in
practice to please him. He seems though to have his pulse on his team and push
the right buttons when needed. Last year, this team had no trouble recovering
from the rubble of a 42-10 thrashing at the hands of the Green Wave, they just
hope another one isn't in store on Saturday.
This week's fact
Fact: Navy is spending upwards of
$175,000 to get Tulane here, hoteled and to the field.
say that this is a classy gesture doesn't do it justice. Kudos to the Navy
Administration for making this happen.
Fact: This past week
college games were played on Wednesday and Tuesday.
Opinion: I hate
it. Sure kids will be able to go home this weekend, but there is just something
about college football and Saturdays.
Fact: Miami wore uniforms
that had Hurricane Warning Flags on them last week against North Carolina.
Opinion: The equipment manager should burn them. I thought I
was watching UAB or Baylor.
Fact: There is no doubt that Matt
Leinhart of USC is the nation's number one senior quarterback and best QB
Opinion: Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler is #2. I have had three
scouts tell me so, and I believe them.
Fact: South Carolina had
never won at Tennessee until last weekend.
Opinion: Steve Spurrier is
Phil Fulmer's Daddy!
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