NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Tulane football team held its final practice before the start of Fall classes, working for nearly two and a half hours at the Westfeldt Facility on Tuesday afternoon.
Tulane president Scott Cowen addressed the team at the start of practice, ending his remarks with a spirited rendition of the Tulane Fight Song.
The Green Wave practiced under a sweltering sun for most of the afternoon, though periods of relief came courtesy of cloud cover. For the second straight day, quarterback Lester Ricard worked with the first-team offense, while Nick Cannon and Richard Irvin split time with the second team.
"Lester is the guy we have chosen at this point," head coach Chris Scelfo said. "Lester has done a good job this preseason. He's got all the physical tools. He can make all the throws. His decision-making is good. Lester has shown enough this preseason and we feel it's time to give him a chance to work with the first team and get focused in. If he continues to improve, he'll be the starter (for the opener) but that remains to be seen."
Tuesday's practice culminated with 11-on-11 work, though tackling was limited. Ricard and Chris Bush connected on a pair of long out patterns against the first-team defense, while Ricard also found Jovon Jackson on a screen play that resulted in a long touchdown for the running back. Freshman running back Matt Forte also had a long run off right tackle, while Irvin hooked up on a nice pass play to rookie tight end Gabe Ratcliff.
"We're going to evaluate the quarterback position like we evaluate every other one on this team," Scelfo added. "It's an important position and they'll be evaluated daily."
Tulane classes begin on Wednesday, with the Green Wave scheduled to return to the practice field for another afternoon workout.
Tulane will hold its Annual Fall Fan Day on Saturday, August 28 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Westfeldt Facility. The Tulane football, volleyball and soccer teams will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in interactive games with kids, while a live band and giveaways will also highlight the event. Tickets for the 2004 season, including the Sept. 11 home opener with Florida A&M, are on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office in the Wilson Center and by calling 504-861-WAVE.
-- Roll Wave --
Ricard Runs 1st Offense In Tuesday Practice
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