Veterans Report to Green Wave Preseason Camp

"Across the board, we have the most depth we have had in my time here," the seventh-year head coach said. "The biggest question is conditioning. We have the talent; we have the character, but how fast we can get everyone ready is the question."

NEW ORLEANS, La. – While the Tulane University football team welcomed its veterans to preseason camp, the freshmen, who had arrived on Monday, participated in meetings and their first football workout on the fields of the Westfeldt Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

After moving into temporary housing, the upperclassmen took photos, attended meetings and had physicals. The freshmen, meanwhile, had an academic orientation and then attended positional meetings prior to hitting the field for the first time as members of the Green Wave. During an 18-period practice (five minutes per period), the rookies worked on drills to acclimate themselves to the program.

"We wanted the freshmen to come in early this year," Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said. "Last year, I don't think they got oriented as well. This way they can get their paperwork taken care of and find their way around. It's the first time away from home for most of them and they receive more individual attention which can be a benefit at this time."

In 2004, the freshmen and veterans reported to preseason camp on the same day.

When addressing the local media prior to the freshman workout, Scelfo stressed conditioning amongst all the players as a key.

"Across the board, we have the most depth we have had in my time here," the seventh-year head coach said. "The biggest question is conditioning. We have the talent; we have the character, but how fast we can get everyone ready is the question."

After the rookie practice session, Scelfo was pleased with their performance.

"I thought the concentration was good and it looks like they are in pretty good condition," he said. "Some of these guys will have to come in and supplement our team right away."

The Green Wave will have its first full practice on Wednesday morning beginning at 7:40 a.m.

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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