Oct. 30, 2008
NEW ORLEANS-Phil Steele Publications has announced his mid-season picks Conference USA'S top performers and Tulane was well-represented with seven candidates. Green Wave anchors running back Andre Anderson and guard Michael Parenton were named to the first team, while tackle Troy Kropog, defensive end Reggie Scott and linebacker Evan Lee earned second team defense distinctions. Jeremy Williams and Julian Shives-Sams earned third team offense and defense honors, respectively.
Anderson started seven games and rushed for a team-best 864 yards and seven touchdowns on 174 carries (5.0 ypc), and he ranked second on the team for receptions (25), third in receiving yards (202) and had one catch for a touchdown. A 2008 Doak Walker candidate, Anderson has been the big playmaker for Tulane this season and was on pace to a 1,000-yard rushing season but a season-ending shoulder injury against Rice on October 25 put the pace on hold.
Parenton, a senior who has started 41 of 44 career games on the offensive line, has been the Tulane center during the 2008 season. A 2007 honorable mention All-Conference USA team member, Parenton was also recognized on the 2007 Rotary Lombardi Watch List.
Kropog, a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter on the offensive line for the Wave, was also named honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2007. Scott joined Parenton and Kropog as an honorable mention all-conference selections last season and has been a contributing force on the defensive side of the ball. He has started every game of the 2008 season and had registered 17 tackles (13 solo), two sacks, two TFL and one interception that came against then-ranked #14 East Carolina.
Williams, who sustained an broken hand in week five against Army, tallied 437 receiving yards on 27 catches in his five weeks of play while Shives-Sams has recorded 12 tackles (six solo), 3.5 TFL, one sack, two fumble recoveries through seven games of his senior season.
The Green Wave will travel to in-state rival LSU on Saturday for a 7pm kickoff.