Green Wave Goes Through Spirited Practice Thursday

"Practice was very spirited today," Scelfo said. "We had a lot of enthusiasm. We hit a little bit of a wall this week; guys are tired and it happens every camp, but they have fought through it with no complaints. The maturity of the team is evident

NEW ORLEANS – On day nine of its preseason camp, the Tulane Green Wave went through a single two-hour practice in full pads Thursday afternoon. The workout was fairly typical with individual position drills, followed by running and passing game matchups with portions of the team, and concluding with 11-on-11 sessions and goal-line situations.

"Practice was very spirited today," Scelfo said. "We had a lot of enthusiasm. We hit a little bit of a wall this week; guys are tired and it happens every camp, but they have fought through it with no complaints. The maturity of the team is evident."

Nine days into preseason workouts and with a major scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, battles for playing time and starting positions are continuing at several spots, including along the defensive line and at cornerback. Along the line, where Tulane has no seniors for the second straight season, sophomore Antonio Harris, a member of the 2004 Conference USA All-Freshman team and juniors Billy Harrison and Craig Morris have caught Scelfo's eye.

"All of the linemen are doing a nice job from a standpoint of competing every down," he said. "They are realizing that you have to come to work every day and get better or you're going to get left behind. I'm very pleased with Antonio Harris, Billy Harrison and Craig Morris. Taurean Brown and Alvin Johnson have done a nice job. Avery [Williams] and Frank [Morton] are behind because they missed a few days of practice, but they've improved a lot and they'll be there when the time comes. Our goal on the defensive line is to control the line of scrimmage, keep the offensive linemen off our linebackers and allow them to make plays."

Another group of players is competing for playing time at cornerback, where Tulane returned four players with starting experience in Sean Lucas, Jeremy Foreman, Israel Route and Bruce Youmans, and has added redshirt freshman Josh Lumar and first-year player Matt Harding. Lucas has also been playing safety during the preseason.

"At cornerback, it's a good battle," Scelfo said. "I'm pleased with all of them – Jeremy Foreman, Izzy Route and Bruce Youmans as well as Josh Lumar and Matt Harding. The more competition, the better we are as a team. Harding is getting better every day. Every day we're looking at the starting corners and experimenting with what is the best line-up in our nickel and dime packages."

The Green Wave will practice twice Friday with a morning workout at the Wilson Center and a closed session off-campus in the afternoon. Tulane will hold its last major scrimmage of the preseason Saturday morning as practice begins at 9 a.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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