Offense Shines As Wave Completes Fourth Practice

Visit from New Orleans Saints Deuce McAllister, Charles Grant and Donte Stallworth highlight session

The Green Wave offense flexed its collective muscle and the team was treated to a visit of a trio of New Orleans Saints players as the Tulane University football team completed its fourth practice in preparation of the 2003 season Sunday evening at the Westfeldt Facility.

Senior quarterback J.P. Losman completed several long pass plays, and the offense moved the ball consistently during the team's second practice in helmets and shoulder pads. While head coach Chris Scelfo said he was pleased with the overall effort of the entire team, he praised the offense for its play throughout the session.

"I think we executed well offensively, and we really competed today," head coach Chris Scelfo said. "We've got our work cut out for us, but we're getting better. We put in a few things on defense, and we've got to work the bugs out still. I think they did well today, but the offense is what really stood out." Team members also got a visit from the Saints' last three No. 1 draft picks – running back Deuce McAllister, wide receiver Donte Stallworth and defensive end Charles Grant – and the trio took turns giving the club pep talks and discussing their following of the Green Wave program.

Tulane wrapped up the 24-period, two hour and 20 minute practice with special teams drills, and freshman placekicker Barrett Pepper – a two-time all-state kicker at Bastrop High – came through by drilling three of his four field goal attempts with the lone miss sailing only slightly wide right. Pepper also turned a botched snap into a touchdown pass to senior fullback Kris Coleman, who made a one-handed grab in the endzone, that drew boisterous cheers from the rest of the team.

The Green Wave returns to practice on Monday at 3:50 p.m. when the squad will wear full pads for the first time during preseason drills. Following Monday's workout, Tulane will begin two-a-day practices on an every-other-day basis beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

"We'll find out a lot more about this football team over the next week when we put the pads on," Scelfo added.

Tulane opens the regular season on Labor Day, Sept. 1, when they play host to Conference USA foe TCU before a nationally-televised audience (ESPN) at 7 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. For season ticket and individual ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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