24 Freshmen Report At Tulane

The rookies were fitted for equipment, underwent physicals and met with Scelfo and other members of the Tulane athletics staff Monday. The meetings, including academic orientation and a photo session, continue Tuesday. The freshmen will take the field for the first time during the afternoon, while the Green Wave returning players arrive on campus. The entire squad works out for the first time on Wednesday.

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo welcomed 24 freshmen football players to campus Monday, including each of the 20 fully-qualified scholarship players the Green Wave signed last February. One additional walk-on freshman will report to campus on Tuesday along with the Tulane veterans.

The rookies were fitted for equipment, underwent physicals and met with Scelfo and other members of the Tulane athletics staff Monday. The meetings, including academic orientation and a photo session, continue Tuesday. The freshmen will take the field for the first time during the afternoon, while the Green Wave returning players arrive on campus. The entire squad works out for the first time on Wednesday.

"I'm excited to get started," said Scelfo, who enters his seventh season at the helm of the Green Wave program in 2005. "It's a fresh start for everyone – coaches and players – and that's always exciting. There will be a lot of nerves among the freshmen, but hopefully they will channel that energy to the field. It's an especially tough day for the parents because they are turning their ‘babies' over to us. They have a lot of confidence in us to take care of their sons."

Scelfo and his coaching staff also met with the parents of the rookies, answering questions and reviewing procedures for both preseason camp and the regular season.

The Green Wave's 2005 freshman class includes seven Louisianans and 10 players from Texas. Rookies are expected to make an immediate impact at wide receiver and at linebacker as Tulane signed five players each at those positions.

Unlike in 2004, when the freshmen and returning players reported on the same day, Scelfo said it was good for the rookies to come in a day early.

"I wanted to be able to spend a day with the freshmen," Scelfo said. "It's good for them to be in a slower paced environment, even if it's only for a day. It gives me a chance to speak to each of them individually which is important at this stage."

Tulane opens the 2005 season on Sunday, Sept. 4 in a nationally-televised (ESPN2) game versus Conference USA foe Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Green Wave open its 2005 home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Louisiana Superdome versus Mississippi State. Season tickets for the entire 2005 home schedule are on sale now at the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office in the James W. Wilson Center, on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com and by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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