Twenty Four Newcomers On 2005 Football Roster

Twenty Four Newcomers On 2005 Football Roster

Hartgroves, a kicker/punter from Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas, attended the 2005 Ray Guy kicking camp in Arlington, Texas and won several camp awards.

Twenty four newcomers are expected to suit up for the first time when the 2005 Tulane football team takes the field for the first practice of pre-season camp on Aug. 10. That number includes 20 scholarship signees, one of whom, tight end Justin Kessler enrolled in school last spring. Four non-scholarship players, quarterback Ryan Meyers, kicker/punter Jacob Hartgroves, kicker Luke Bell and defensive back Vincent Harris round out the 24 newcomers. Meyers, Hartgroves and Bell are freshmen, while Harris is a sophomore.

No longer shown on the updated roster were 2004 squad members, Kelvin Johnson and Jimmy Coleman. Both players are linebackers.

Coleman was reported recently to have decided to leave the program.

'Ferg's' number - 33 - now belongs to freshman linebacker Ace Foyil.

Johnson reported to the 2004 pre-season camp out of shape and did not play in the Green Wave's first two ballgames against Mississippi State and Florida A&M. A fierce hitter, Johnson did play in 8 of the Wave's final games, and was impressive at times. However, the 6-2 Johnson reported to spring practice weighing 274-pounds and was reportedly cut from the team after the first few practices.

In addition to conditioning issues, Johnson also battled academic problems during his 2-year stay at Tulane and is reportedly attending summer school.

Two other returning squad members - senior receiver Lyneal Strain and junior defensive end Michael Roberts - also continue to be shown on the rosters. Robert's, a freshman sensation in 2002 and a starter in the first 7 games of the 2003 season, suffered a foot injury and hasn't played since then. Roberts is on track to graduate after the fall semester.

The updated Green Wave team roster also reflects the conversion of redshirt freshman Ryan Bewley to linebacker. Bewley was stuck in a logjam at running back behind co-starters Matt Forte and Jovon Jackson. Ray Boudreaux and Adeboye Tuyo, who both see action at fullback, are the primary reserves at running back. Forte and Tuyo are sophmores, while Boudreaux is a redshirt sophomore.

The absence of kicker Nick Beucher from the roster is not a surprise. Beucher, a walk on who handled the bulk of the Green Wave extra point and field goal chores last season, reportedly withdrew from the team after spring practice.

Jacob Hartgroves, a kicker/punter from Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas, attended the 2005 Ray Guy kicking camp in Arlington, Texas and won several camp awards. Hartgroves won the Long Distance Field Goal Award with a 50-yarder and also won the Longest Punt and Hang Time Combined Awards.

Luke Bell is a pure kicker from the Baltimore suburbs.

All-in-all the Green Wave roster will total 94 players, including 15 walk ons.

Newcomer Roster:
1 Matt Harding DB 5-11 185 Fr. HS South Garland, TX South Garland
3 Chris Dunn WR 6-2 200 Fr. HS Arlington, TX Sam Houston
9 Anthony Scelfo QB 5-10 190 Fr. HS New Orleans, LA Jesuit
10 Ryan Meyers QB 6-3 220 Fr. HS Belle Chasse, LA Vanden (Calif.)
27 Christian Ducre RB 6-0 200 Fr. HS Mandeville, LA Fountainebleau
27 Vincent Harris DB 5-10 205 So. WO Tampa, FL Gaither
33 Ace Foyil LB 6-3 230 Fr. HS Madisonville, LA Mandeville
36 James McMurchy LB 6-1 215 Fr. HS Houston, TX Clear Lake
36 Jacob Hartgroves K 6-0 170 Fr. HS Bryan, TX Bryan
37 Cary Koch RB 6-0 185 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, LA The Dunham School
38 Cory Sonnier S 6-0 190 Fr. HS Friendswood, TX Clear Brook
41 Luke Bell K 6-2 210 Fr. HS Fallston, MD Gilman
44 Jordan Ellis LB 6-1 235 Fr. HS Pass Christian, MS St. Stanislaus
46 David Kirksey LB 6-1 200 Fr. HS Mobile, AL Davidson
48 James Dillard LB 6-1 220 Fr. HS Pembroke Pines, FL Monsignor Pace
58 Matt Slocum OL 6-5 255 Fr. HS West Monroe, LA West Monroe
70 Travis Olexa OL 6-4 290 Fr. HS Houston, TX St. Thomas
75 Tyler Rice OL 6-5 285 Fr. HS Bradenton, FL Lakewood Ranch
76 John Landa OL 6-3 295 Fr. HS Houston, TX Cypress Falls
80 Justin Kessler TE 6-4 234 Fr. HS Alvarado, TX Alvarado
83 Brian King WR 6-1 180 Fr. HS Slidell, LA Slidell
86 Jeremy Williams WR 6-2 175 Fr. HS Baytown, TX Sterling
89 Charles Harris WR 6-3 175 Fr. HS Irving, TX MacArthur
94 Sean Carney DE 6-3 240 Fr.-HS HS Dallas, TX Jesuit Prep

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