Aug. 19, 2000
COVINGTON, LA -- Freshman receiver Roydell Williams caught 12 passes and quarterback Patrick Ramsey threw for over 200 yards as the Tulane Green Wave football team completed the Covington portion of its two-a-day preseason practices with a two-hour scrimmage Saturday morning.
In addition to putting together drives starting from the 30, Head Coach Chris Scelfo spent 45 minutes of the scrimmage putting his offense and defense through situational snaps. The offense started on first and goal, then started from its own one-yard line and also lined up for a series of third-and-8 plays.
A crowd of approximately 300 at St. Paul's School's Hunter Stadium saw a spirited practice highlighted by the play of Williams and fellow freshman Mewelde Moore, as well as junior running back Gee Reshard.
"It was an excellent scrimmage we can certainly build on," Scelfo said. "Our enthusiasm and our effort were tremendous. Defensively we have really grown from day one of camp to where we are now. We still have a way to go, but the progress there is encouraging."
The Green Wave's first team defense was especially effective in bottling up the second and third team offensive units while the first team offense looked sharp against the defensive back-ups.
Counting all plays, Ramsey completed 15-of-23 passes for 206 yards and was not intercepted. Back-up quarterback J.P. Losman was 9-of-17 for 99 yards during the workout. Williams led all receivers with 12 catches for 105 yards while Terrell Harris caught five balls for 59 yards and Derek Joseph pulled in four catches for 30 yards. While freshman Mewelde Moore led the way rushing with eight carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns, Reshard excited the crowd with a 27-yard catch and run for a touchdown to add to eight carries for 29 yards on the ground.
"Our backs ran well and caught the ball well today," Scelfo said. "Roydell showed he can be a big contributor and Jeff Sanchez did some good things. I thought Seth Marler did a nice job in the kicking game."
Perhaps the best part of the scrimmage for Scelfo was the fact that the Green Wave did not sustain any injuries during the three-hour practice. Five players -- DB Jamal Jones (rt. shin), DT Matt Glapion (rt. ankle sprain), FB Kris Coleman (neck stinger), TE Kayne LaGraize (toe) and WR Adrian Burnette (returning from grandmother's funeral) did not participate in the scrimmage.
Following the scrimmage, the Green Wave returned to the Tulane campus in New Orleans. After a brief special teams workout in shorts Sunday, the football team will join Tulane's women's soccer and volleyball teams at Tulane Fan Day, which will be held at the McWilliams Athletic Complex behind the James W. Wilson Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive.
Student-athletes and coaches from all three sports will be on hand from 5-7 p.m. Sunday to take pictures with fan and sign autographs. Posters and schedule cards for the 2000 season will be given away and the TU Ticket Office and Tulane Green Wave Sports Shop will be open. For more information on Fan Day, contact 861-WAVE.
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