Green Wave Hold Two High-Energy Sunday Practices

Buoyed by the low humidity and unseasonably comfortable temperatures, the Tulane Green Wave went through a pair of enthusiastic practices Sunday at the Westfeldt Facility, working for two hours in the morning in full pads and another two hours in the late afternoon in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads. The practice was the first of four two-a-day practice sessions scheduled for this preseason.

NEW ORLEANS – Buoyed by the low humidity and unseasonably comfortable temperatures, the Tulane Green Wave went through a pair of enthusiastic practices Sunday at the Westfeldt Facility, working for two hours in the morning in full pads and another two hours in the late afternoon in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads. The practice was the first of four two-a-day practice sessions scheduled for this preseason.

"They really flew around this afternoon, there was a lot of energy," said Head Coach Chris Scelfo. "The enthusiasm this afternoon was good, and mentally they showed a good grasp of what we're doing. I've been happy with our last couple days of work. The weather has really helped."

While quarterbacks Nick Cannon, Lester Ricard and Richard Irvin continue to rotate with the first unit as they compete for the starting quarterback job, the defense has appeared to get the better of the offense in both seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills held at the end of both practices Sunday.

"I don't know if the defense is ahead or it's a lack of execution by the offense," Scelfo said. "I know that our defense is flying around better than they did in the spring. They're bringing a good mentality out to practice. They know they have to play fast. Defensively, they're still young, but I think they're embarrassed by what happened last year, and they're not going to make excuses about it. They have a lot of pride and they're determined."

On the defensive side of the ball, Scelfo singled out several veterans for their work on Sunday, including cornerback Sean Lucas, linebacker Anthony Cannon and safety Tra Boger.

The offense's afternoon, meanwhile, was highlighted by a 55-yard run by freshman Matt Forté of Slidell, and a 45-yard pass from Lester Ricard to Chris Bush in 11-on-11 drills.

"Among the freshmen, Matt Forté had a good day and Michael Parenton did well working with the twos (second team) offensive line," Scelfo said.

Several players were held out of the afternoon workout due to injury, including Jimmy Kosienski and Taurean Brown, who suffered concussions, and running back Ray Boudreaux, who sprained an ankle on Saturday.

"We've been banging a little now for a few days, so we're getting a few guys who are nicked up," Scelfo said. "But we're not waiting on them. We've got some depth this year. We've got to get better and to get better you've got to practice."

Tulane continues preseason drills Monday with a single practice at 4 p.m. at the Westfeldt Facility. The Green Wave open the season Sept. 4 with a nationally-televised contest at Mississippi State before the home opener with Florida A&M in the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the 2004 Green Wave home schedule are on sale in the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 504-861-WAVE.

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