Tulane Dons Full Pads For First Time In 2004

The Green Wave continued its drill work, working on positional assignments, as well as offensive and defensive schemes. In addition, the morning closed with a segment of goal line situations as the players accustomed themselves to full contact for the first time this fall. Throughout the practice, the defense seemed to control the action.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – While perfect fall weather continued, the Tulane University football team enjoyed its first day in full pads, practicing for nearly three hours at the Westfeldt Complex on Saturday morning.

The Green Wave continued its drill work, working on positional assignments, as well as offensive and defensive schemes. In addition, the morning closed with a segment of goal line situations as the players accustomed themselves to full contact for the first time this fall. Throughout the practice, the defense seemed to control the action.

"At time, the defense played very well," head coach Chris Scelfo said. "But we are still inconsistent across the board. We make one good play, then relax. It's a sign of immaturity. In order to be good, a defense must be consistent."

Scelfo was pleased with the efforts of the incoming freshmen in their first day of full gear.

"The younger kids really stuck their heads in it," he said. "They keep on trying hard out there and they continue to improve."

Scelfo recognized four newcomers for their performance on the field on Saturday: offensive lineman Troy Kropog, defensive linemen Antonio Harris and Avery Williams, and running back Matt Forté from Slidell.

"Forté ran the ball with authority," Scelfo said. "He has picked up the offense and looks fluid. On defense, Anthony Cannon is really flying around with confidence. We have a lot of good football players, we just need consistency."

Cannon and Kelvin Johnson both had interceptions during practice, with Johnson returning his for a touchdown. Offensively, Chris Bush had a diving one-hand reception for 40+ yards, while Jovon Jackson had the long run of the day, a 30+ yard scamper. During the goal line drills, Forté had a pair of touchdowns, while quarterbacks Nick Cannon, Richard Irvin and Lester Ricard all had nifty plays. Cannon executed a perfect play with tight end Bobby Hoover in the end zone, Irvin tossed a TD strike to a leaping Roydell Williams and Ricard scored on a naked bootleg.

The Green Wave will hold the first day of double-sessions on Sunday with practices 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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