TULANE'S MOORE, WILLIAMS NAME FIRST TEAM ALL-CUSA

TULANE'S MOORE, WILLIAMS NAME FIRST TEAM ALL-CUSA

A trio of Green Wave players – quarterback J.P. Losman, safety Tra Boger and punter Chris Beckman – were named to the all-conference second team, while offensive tackle Chris McGee and cornerback Sean Lucas made the third team unit. Tulane placed four rookies on the All-Freshman team, including three defensive players in defensive end Billy Harrison, linebacker Kelvin Johnson and defensive back Israel Route, along with offensive tackle Derek Rogers

Tulane running back Mewelde Moore and wide receiver Roydell Williams led a contingent of 11 Green Wave players honored by Conference USA Wednesday with All-Conference USA or All-Freshman recognition for 2003. Moore and Williams were named first team All-Conference USA by the voting panel, which consisted of the league's 11 head coaches and media members from each conference city.

A trio of Green Wave players – quarterback J.P. Losman, safety Tra Boger and punter Chris Beckman – were named to the all-conference second team, while offensive tackle Chris McGee and cornerback Sean Lucas made the third team unit. Tulane placed four rookies on the All-Freshman team, including three defensive players in defensive end Billy Harrison, linebacker Kelvin Johnson and defensive back Israel Route, along with offensive tackle Derek Rogers.

Moore ranked second in the league in rushing with 101.7 yards per game despite missing the last three games of the year with a broken left hand. The senior from Baton Rouge, who owns 24 school and seven league records, also earned first team All-C-USA honors as a sophomore in 2001 and was a second team choice last year. He gained 915 yards on 185 carries and ranked second on the team in receiving with 39 catches for 408 yards. He and Williams tied for the team lead in touchdowns with nine.

LaPlace, La. native Williams was named first team All-Conference USA for the first time in his career as he was a second team choice in 2001. The junior led Tulane in receiving with 66 catches for 1,006 yards while his nine touchdown catches were second-most in the conference. He ranked third in the league in both catches per game and receiving yards per game in his most productive season.

"I'm happy for Mewelde and Roydell and feel they are definitely deserving of this honor," said Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo. "They were very consistent for us this year and even though Mewelde wasn't able to finish his season, his selection shows the respect he earned throughout the year."

Losman, a senior from Venice, Calif., led Conference USA in passing yards per game as he totalled 3,077 yards while completing 251-of-422 passes with 14 interceptions and 33 touchdowns, which ranks tied for fourth in the country.

A junior from Marietta, Ga., Boger led the Green Wave defense in tackles with 133, including 74 solo, while also intercepting three passes, breaking up six and forcing four fumbles while recovering two.

Beckman ranked second in Conference USA in punting average with a 43.5 mark and set a Superdome record with a career-long 73-yard blast versus East Carolina. The redshirt freshman from Grenada, Miss. totalled 16 punts of 50 yards or longer in his first season as a starter.

A pair of sophomores were Tulane's selections to the third team as McGee was Tulane's top offensive lineman throughout the 2003 season who graded out to an excellent 85 percent mark on the year while totalling a team-leading 23 knockdown blocks. The Beaumont, Texas native was joined on the C-USA third team by Lithonia, Ga. cornerback Sean Lucas, who led the Green Wave with five interceptions while also finishing third on the team in tackles with 102.

Harrison, who led all Conference USA freshmen in tackles with 65, highlights the Green Wave contingent on the C-USA All-Freshman team. A defensive end from Pensacola, Fla., Harrison led Tulane in tackles for loss with 7.5 and tied for the team lead in sacks with three as he started the last seven games of the year as a true freshman.

Harrison's fellow Florida native Kelvin Johnson, also a first-year player, ranked eighth on the Green Wave team in tackles with 49 in addition to six tackles for loss, while Stone Mountain, Ga. product Israel Route held down the Wave's starting nickel back position and registered 45 tackles on the season. On the offensive side, Rogers, a redshirt from St. Amant, La., started a pair of games at right tackle for the Green Wave and graded out to a 70 percent average for the season.

Tulane's four selections to the All-Freshman team were the second-highest total in C-USA, behind only Houston's six players, as the Green Wave placed at least four players on the rookie unit for the fourth straight season dating back to 2000. The Wave's seven all-league choices ranked first among C-USA non-bowl teams and Tulane had at least two first teamers for the fourth straight season.

"Only two of the 11 players we had named to the All-Conference and All-Freshman teams are seniors, so that certainly says a lot about the youth of our team this year and about the potential of these guys, along with the rest of our team, for the future," Scelfo said.

Tulane finished the 2003 season with a 5-7 record, including a 3-5 mark in Conference USA. The Green Wave won two of its final three games of the season and all of its losses came to teams that will play in bowl games this year. The Wave's 2004 schedule will be announced in February.

-- THINK GREEN --

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