NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane Football team has selected seniors Joey Dawson (Gibson, La.), Roydell Williams (LaPlace, La.), Jimmy Kosienski (Baton Rouge, La.) and Anthony Cannon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) as its 2004 team captains, Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo announced after Saturday's closed practice at the Superdome. The team worked for approximately 90 minutes before returning to campus to participate in Tulane's Fall Fan Day, held at the Westfeldt Facility.
"Anytime you are voted team captain by your peers, obviously you've earned the respect of your teammates," said Scelfo. "The leadership qualities this group has demonstrated are proven by this vote. They have a lot of responsibility now to carry that through the season."
Dawson, a senior free safety, echoed Scelfo's thoughts about respect and responsibility.
"It's a great honor and it means that my teammates respect and look up to me," he said. "Now I have more responsibility to lead the team to where we want to go."
Cannon, a linebacker, was the only junior elected captain. Kosienski, a tackle, is the lone senior starter on the Tulane offensive line while Williams is nearing the tops of the Green Wave's career charts in receiving. Kosienski and Williams are both fifth-year seniors.
In addition to the announcement of the team captains, the team went through several game situations during Saturday's practice, and the team's response to the different situations pleased the head coach.
"The concentration was good at practice today," Scelfo said. "We put them in some tough situations, some of which they are going to face next week in the game at Mississippi State, and they responded well."
Following practice, the football team joined their fellow student-athletes at Tulane's Annual Fan Day at the Westfeldt Facility.
A crowd of several hundred fans, many of them kids, played inflatable games, collected autographs and enjoyed free hot dogs and sodas. At one point, quarterback Lester Ricard and receiver Chris Bush led a group of 15-20 kids in a game of touch football. Members of nearly every Tulane team, including volleyball, soccer, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's basketball, and cross country and track and field, came out to mix and mingle with each other and Green Wave fans.
The Tulane football team will have the day off Sunday before returning to the practice field on Monday at the Westfeldt Facility. Tulane opens its 2004 season next Saturday, Sept. 4 in a nationally-televised (ESPN2) contest versus Mississippi State. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
Tickets for Tulane's 2004 home schedule are on sale through the Green Wave Athletics Ticket Office in the Wilson Center, or by calling 504-861-WAVE. The Green Wave opens its home season Sept. 11 versus Florida A&M in the Louisiana Superdome at 6 p.m.
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