101 Players Report For Preseason Camp
"This is one of the most talented groups of players that we've had at Tulane," Scelfo said. "The key will be how fast they develop. With 12 seniors and just 33 upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) on this team overall, the development of our young players is going to be critical to this season."
Of the 101 Tulane players to report Monday, 99 had checked in by 4 p.m. with only Fred Smith (funeral) and Preston Brown (travel delays) expected later that evening. All 101 are academically eligible, including all 24 true freshmen in the 2004 signing class. In addition to the 23 signees announced in February, Troy Kropog, an offensive lineman from Rummel High School in Metairie, was added to the 2004 freshman class and reported for preseason practices.
"This looks to be a very enthusiastic group of players and they're looking forward to getting the season started," Scelfo said. "They are excited about the challenges that will be presented to them this fall."
Three players – tight end Jerome Landry, offensive lineman Kass Kemper and wide receiver Tristan Smith – did not report. Landry and Kemper continue to rehab from injury while Smith will redshirt the 2004 season to concentrate on academics.
Scelfo said the coaching staff will use the first few days of practices to determine the fitness of the team.
"In the first week of camp, we want to get a good indication of how much carryover we've had from the spring and to see how well the freshmen are adapting," said Scelfo, who begins his sixth year at the helm of the Tulane program. "Also, it will be the first chance to see the conditioning of the team."
The Green Wave open practices at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday on the Westfeldt Facility practice fields located behind the Wilson Center. Practices, which are open to the public, will be held at 6:35 a.m. each day through Saturday, which will be the first work-out in full pads. The first day of two-a-days is Sunday, August 15. See the complete preseason practice schedule below.
Tuesday, August 10
Practice #1 (Helmets) – 6:35 a.m.
Wednesday, August 11
Practice #2 (Helmets) – 6:35 a.m.
Thursday, August 12
Practice #3 (Shells) – 6:35 a.m.
Friday, August 13
Practice #4 (Shells) – 6:35 a.m.
Saturday, August 14
Practice #5 (Full Pads) – 6:35 a.m.
Sunday, August 15
First Day of Two-a-Days
Practice #6 - 7 a.m.
Practice #7 - 4 p.m.
Monday, August 16
Practice #8 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17
Practice – 7 a.m.
Practice #10 - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18
Practice #11 – 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 19
Practice #12 – 7 a.m.
Practice #13 - 4 p.m.
Friday, August 20
Practice #14 – 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 21
Practice #15 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 22
Practice #16 – 4:15 p.m.
Monday, August 23
Practice #17 – 7 a.m.
Practice #18 - 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 24
Practice #19 – 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, August 25
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
Practice #20 – 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 26
Practice #21 – 2:15 p.m.
Friday, August 27
Practice #22 – 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 28
FAN DAY – Westfeldt Facility, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Green Wave open the 2004 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. in Starkville, Miss. versus Mississippi State. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Season tickets for the six-game home schedule, which begins Saturday, Sept. 11 with the Emerald Coast Classic versus Florida A&M in the Louisiana Superdome, are on sale now through the Green Wave Athletics Ticket Office by calling 504-861-WAVE.
-- Roll Wave --
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