Green Wave Enjoys Solid Practice After School

After attending the first day of fall classes, the Green Wave saw the afternoon practice interrupted by a 20-minute lightning delay and worked through the typical New Orleans-area heat and humidity, but overcame all of the obstacles to put together a productive session on the practice field

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University football team continued its preparation for the 2004 season opener at Mississippi State with another solid practice Tuesday at the Westfeldt Facility.

After attending the first day of fall classes, the Green Wave saw the afternoon practice interrupted by a 20-minute lightning delay and worked through the typical New Orleans-area heat and humidity, but overcame all of the obstacles to put together a productive session on the practice field.

"We're really beginning to make some progress," head coach Chris Scelfo said. "The heat index was up, but our kids fought through it. Today was also the first day of classes, but the focus was here at practice. All in all, it was a good workout for us."

Practice sailed along smoothly through the first seven of the scheduled 22 periods, but lightning in the area forced the Green Wave to take cover for nearly half an hour. After the weather cleared, the Tulane squad showed no ill effects of the layoff as the team got right back to work.

The wide receivers stood out in one-on-one drills, hauling in several long gainers, including a scoring strike from sophomore Lester Ricard to redshirt-freshman Kenneth Guidroz. In team practice, the defense held a slight edge for most of the day, but true freshman Scott Elliot did connect with rookie running back Matt Forté on a screen pass that turned into a 60-yard scoring strike.

Tulane will hold its Annual Fall Fan Day on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 6:3-9 p.m. at the Westfeldt Facility. The Green wave football, volleyball and soccer teams will be on hand to sign autographs and participated in interactive games with the youth, while a live band and giveaways will also highlight the event. Admission is open to the public and admission is free.

The Green Wave officially kick off the 2004 season on Saturday, Sept. 4, when they travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State at 5 p.m. That game will be aired live on ESPN2. Tulane opens its six-game home schedule the following Saturday (Sept. 11) when the boys in Olive and Blue play host to Florida A&M at 6 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. For season and single-game ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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