NEW ORLEANS – One day after the first major scrimmage of the preseason, the Tulane Green Wave went through just one practice Thursday, a two-hour afternoon workout at the Westfeldt Facility which head coach Chris Scelfo termed "sharp and enthusiastic."
"I thought it was a good practice today," said Scelfo. "I challenged the team beforehand and they came out and responded. They played with enthusiasm and effort. There was a lot of give and take. The offense made some big plays in the green zone, and the defense made some plays in the one-minute drills."
Quarterbacks Nick Cannon, Lester Ricard and Richard Irvin continued to share the snaps with the Green Wave first and second team units Thursday. In the "one-minute" drills at the conclusion of practice, Irvin and Ricard both led the Tulane offense to touchdowns. Irvin hit Damarcus Davis with a long pass to score while Ricard's final pass was complete to Chris Bush for a touchdown. Both Bush and Davis made several catches on those drives to stand out among the Green Wave receivers.
"They had some catches today but both had a drop too and that's what we've got to eliminate," Scelfo said. "With our young quarterbacks this year, all the other 10 players on offense need to step up and be consistent."
Tulane returns to the practice field Friday with one practice scheduled for the afternoon. The Green Wave will scrimmage again on Saturday afternoon at the Westfeldt Facility. Scelfo noted Thursday that this has been a demanding preseason camp and after 10 days of practice, some of the team is feeling it.
"The freshmen have hit the wall but the older kids have been through it before," Scelfo said. "This is the most demanding camp I've had since I've been here. We've done a lot of hitting, but we need it. The more we do it, the better off we'll be in the long run. The hard work now will pay off."
Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo will be featured in a live chat Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.com. Fans can log on and send their questions to Scelfo, who will answer them for approximately 30 minutes. To access Coach Scelfo's chat on Friday, fans should log on to http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=5681.
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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Green Wave Sharp In Single Thursday Practice
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