Freshmen Running Backs Shine At Tulane Practice

The Tulane football team had its third practice in full pads on Monday at the Westfeldt Facility, with the day's only workout culminating in full-team situational drills

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Tulane football team had its third practice in full pads on Monday at the Westfeldt Facility, with the day's only workout culminating in full-team situational drills.

A day after highlighting the defense's efforts, Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo was disappointed with the unit's performance in Monday's afternoon workout. He did, however, single out veterans Joey Dawson and Sean Lucas for their energy and work rate.

"We were a little sluggish on defense today," Scelfo said. "We didn't play smart as a group on that side of the ball. Dawson and Lucas really made some big plays today. They did a good job of flying around the field."

The Tulane quarterbacks continued to rotate, with Nick Cannon connecting on back-to-back long passes up the middle to freshmen tight end Gabe Ratcliff, while Lester Ricard hit wide receiver Chris Bush for a long gain. Freshman running back Matt Forte also had a one-handed grab in the flat and then deftly side-stepped a defender in another of the day's highlight-reel quality plays.

"I thought the offense did a good job of staying with the game plan and executing," Scelfo added. "Matt Forte had a good day. Really,all three of the freshmen running backs (Forte, Adeboye Tuyo, Ryan Bewley) played well.

Tulane returns to a pair of practice sessions on Tuesday, with more situation drills and the kicking game on the agenda.

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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