Tulane Works Out In Full Pads For First Time

"Our running backs ran well today – all of them," Scelfo said. "Christian Ducré showed his agility and his toughness running inside. I was encouraged by him. When your running backs are running well, they are getting help from the guys up front. The offensive line has done a nice job to this point."

NEW ORLEANS – After a one-hour delay due to lightning, the Tulane Green Wave took the practice field in full pads for the first time this preseason Sunday, going through a two-hour workout at the Westfeldt Facility.

With temperatures cooled off by the shower and a light cloud cover, the workout began with spirited one-on-one blocking drills and concluded with running plays on the goal line. Green Wave Head Coach Chris Scelfo was pleased with the practice and the continuing enthusiastic, hard-working attitude his team is exhibiting this August.

"I thought it was a good practice. Our kids fought through [the heat and intensity] and I saw some good things in several areas," Scelfo said. "This is the best attitude our kids have had in a long time. For them to work as hard as they did today was encouraging. But I'm going to push them to the limit. We're going to come back out tomorrow morning in full pads and we'll see what happens for the afternoon."

Scelfo singled out the running backs as the position which stood out the most Sunday, from returnees Jovon Jackson, Matt Forté and Ray Boudreaux to freshman Christian Ducré.

"Our running backs ran well today – all of them," Scelfo said. "Christian Ducré showed his agility and his toughness running inside. I was encouraged by him. When your running backs are running well, they are getting help from the guys up front. The offensive line has done a nice job to this point."

Defensively, Scelfo noticed sophomore safety Joe Goosby as well as senior linebackers Anthony Cannon, Antonio Mason and Brandon Spincer, who had the hit of the day on the goal-line, drilling Boudreaux to stop him short of a touchdown.

"Joe Goosby looked good at safety and those three senior linebackers make a big difference when they are in there flying around and making plays," Scelfo said. "Brandon has had a good camp. He is back where he belongs [at linebacker], closer to the line of scrimmage."

After four days of working out in the morning in helmets and then shoulder pads, Scelfo said the Green Wave was anxious to get on the fields in full pads and begin hitting.

"The [lightning] delay took a bit of the excitement out of them at the start, it took longer to get the juices flowing, but they got into it and that's what we've got to do," he said.

Tulane will hold its first two-a-day practices Monday with workouts scheduled for 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Westfeldt Facility.

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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