Tulane Football Practice Productive So Far

We are getting a lot done on offense and defense – much more than we were last year at this time," Scelfo said of his veteran team. "We are far ahead of last year. If you consider that we've got three guys at linebacker calling plays who have been here for three years, our quarterback is back and the experience on the offensive line, it's not surprising. Last year, the yellow school bus had just dropped off a bunch of our defensive linemen.

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane players put on the shoulder pads for the first time this preseason on Friday, the team's third day of practices, and the intensity of workouts increased as offensive and defensive players matched up in one-on-one drills. The Green Wave worked out for nearly two-and-a-half hours Friday morning at the Westfeldt Facility, concluding the practice with conditioning sprints.

Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said that the first few days of preseason camp have been extremely productive, even though the Green Wave have yet to practice in full pads.

"We are getting a lot done on offense and defense – much more than we were last year at this time," Scelfo said of his veteran team. "We are far ahead of last year. If you consider that we've got three guys at linebacker calling plays who have been here for three years, our quarterback is back and the experience on the offensive line, it's not surprising. Last year, the yellow school bus had just dropped off a bunch of our defensive linemen. This year, those guys know what to expect and know how fast the pace is out here."

Friday's practice included one-on-one drills as offensive and defensive linemen paired off on the Barney Mintz Auxiliary Field, while receivers and defensive backs matched up on the larger field of the Westfeldt Facility. Linebackers also took on running backs and tight ends.

"The key right now is for the kids to stay healthy, work on their conditioning and be mentally ready for every practice all the way to the beginning of the season," Scelfo said. "I saw some good things today and we came out with a lot of enthusiasm again which is good to see and what you want to see from a veteran team."

Scelfo also reported that senior receiver Bubba Terranova underwent knee surgery Friday morning to repair cartilage in his left knee. Terranova went through a similar procedure on his right knee during the preseason last year. He is expected to return to practice in approximately two weeks.

Although the senior will miss much of the preseason, Scelfo said the response that he saw on the field today was positive.

"I was very pleased to see the way our receivers responded," he said. "The way these guys went at it this morning was, if there is an opportunity, [I'm going to] seize it."

Tulane will have a single practice in shells (shoulder pads, shorts, helmet) again Saturday morning. The first practice in full pads will take place Sunday afternoon, with the first day of two-a-days set for Monday.

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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