Sept. 5, 2000
NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulane Green Wave returned to the practice fields Tuesday for the first time since their season-opening loss to the No. 18 ranked Ole Miss Rebels as they head into their lone open week of the 2000 season. Tulane is off this weekend before returning to the field Saturday, Sept. 16 in Greenville, N.C. for their Conference USA opener versus one of the C-USA preseason favorites, East Carolina.
Tulane returned to the practice field without junior quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who suffered a slight separation of his right shoulder in the third quarter of the Ole Miss game. Head athletic trainer Craig Obermeyer termed Ramsey's injury an "AC sprain" with a "one-plus degree separation". He rated Ramsey's chances of playing in the East Carolina game as 50/50.
Redshirt freshman J.P. Losman, who saw his first collegiate action versus Ole Miss and completed 5-of-10 passes for 35 yards, worked with the first team offense Tuesday.
"It's hard to replace Patrick's experience, but J.P. needs to step up to the challenge if he's called upon," said Head Coach Chris Scelfo. "More importantly, the other 10 guys on offense have to raise their level of play."
Singled out for their play in the Ole Miss game were offensive tackle Bernard Robertson, defensive tackle Mitch Mouton and return man John Wilson. The three seniors were selected by Tulane coaches as the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.