Tulane Adds Shoulder Pads, Light Contact On Day 3

"So far, we've got most of the offense and defense in," Scelfo said. "The kids are getting used to the terminology and starting to feel comfortable with it. Today was the first day with (shoulder) pads and we did a little contact so things will start to shake out here pretty soon."

NEW ORLEANS – After two days of working out in shorts and helmets, the Tulane Green Wave added shoulder pads and contact – though not full tackling – to its early morning practice Thursday at the Westfeldt Facility on day three of 2004 preseason camp. After the practice, head coach Chris Scelfo said the team's progress is about where he expected it to be after three days of work.

"So far, we've got most of the offense and defense in," Scelfo said. "The kids are getting used to the terminology and starting to feel comfortable with it. Today was the first day with (shoulder) pads and we did a little contact so things will start to shake out here pretty soon."

After conducting spring practices with less than 60 healthy players and depleted by injury at the close of last season, Tulane is well-stocked at nearly every position for the first time in a while. During the spring, the Green Wave often worked with just three running backs, only one healthy tight end and six defensive linemen, which forced adjustments in the practices.

Entering 2004, Tulane has 18 defensive linemen, eight running backs and seven tight end/fullbacks on the roster with 101 total players having reported for camp.

"It's very important to have people out there from the standpoint of getting a quality practice," Scelfo said. "During the spring, we were not as productive as we might have been because of the small numbers we had at several positions. We had to rest people, we didn't have enough players to take all the reps.

"When you go up against quality people, both sides are getting better, and that's what we're trying to do every day."

One player who has benefited from the increased numbers on defense is junior linebacker Anthony Cannon, who overcame a preseason knee injury last year to record his second straight 100-plus tackle season. Cannon and fellow defenders Sean Lucas and Joey Dawson were singled out by Scelfo Thursday for their leadership and intensity on defense during the workout.

"Anthony Cannon is flying around and playing with a lot of confidence," Scelfo said. "He feels healthy and he's playing that way, it's good to see. Sean Lucas and Joey Dawson had a good day. Chris McGee on the offensive line stood out."

Wide receiver Bubba Terranova underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and will miss two to six weeks of action. Terranova, a junior from Slidell, La., attended Thursday's practice.

After another workout in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads Friday, the Green Wave puts on the full pads Saturday and will have the first of four two-a-day practices Sunday at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tulane's season opener is Sept. 4 at Mississippi State while the Wave's home opener is one week later versus Florida A&M at the Louisiana Superdome. Kickoff for that contest is at 6 p.m. Tickets for that game and the entire 2004 home schedule are on sale at the Green Wave Athletics Ticket Office in the James W. Wilson Center or by calling 504-861-WAVE.

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