Five Wave Players Earn Conference USA Honors

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior Adrian Burnette led C-USA and broke the Tulane school record with
14 TD catches in 2000.
Senior Adrian Burnette led C-USA and broke the Tulane school record with 14 TD catches in 2000.

Nov. 28, 2000

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane players Adrian Burnette, Bernard Robertson and Casey Roussel, who helped lead the Green Wave to a 6-5 record and its third winning season in the last four years, were named Tuesday to the All-Conference USA first team squad as voted by a panel of league coaches and media. Green Wave quarterback Patrick Ramsey and linebacker Jerry Phillips were named to the second team All-C-USA unit.

In addition, six Green Wave rookies - running back Mewelde Moore, quarterback J.P. Losman, receiver Roydell Williams, center Brendon Drysdale, defensive tackle Lonnie Crayton and cornerback Lynaris Elpheage -- were named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team as Tulane led the way among all C-USA teams with six selections to that squad.

"Adrian, Bernard and Casey are certainly deserving of this honor," said Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo. "Each of them contributed significantly to our team's success this year, as did so many of their teammates. Recognition like this is a sign of a successful season by the team, not just by individuals.

"Placing six freshman on the All-Freshman team illustrates not only how young we were in 2000, but is a great sign for the future of our program. They really played a vital role in our success and gained invaluable experience."

Burnette, a senior from Bastrop, La., posted six 100-yard receiving days during the year and caught a school-record 14 touchdown passes while surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He ranked 12th nationally, and led Conference USA, in receiving yards per game with 97.7. His 6.73 catches per game ranked ninth in the country and he led C-USA in touchdowns scored.

Robertson, a senior from New Orleans who was named a third-team All-American by Football News recently, earned first team All-C-USA honors for the second time. A 44-game starter for the Green Wave during his career, Robertson did not allow a sack or a quarterback pressure in 2000 while paving the way for Burnette's six 100-yard receiving games, Ramsey's six 300-yard passing days and Mewelde Moore's five 100-yard rushing performances. He led the Wave offensive line, which was a critical component in Tulane's No. 7 national ranking in total offense and No. 3 status in passing offense.

A junior from Paulina, La., Casey Roussel led C-USA, and ranks eighth nationally in punting at 44.22 yards per punt. Just 26 of his punts were returned and he had 19 punts of 50 yards or more during the season. He also had 13 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Ramsey shared second team All-C-USA quarterback honors with East Carolina's David Garrard after leading the league in passing yards per game and total offense, and ranking second in passing efficiency. The junior from Ruston completed 229-of-389 passes for 2,833 yards and 24 touchdowns in his 10 starts.

Phillips, who, like Robertson, is a New Orleans product from Karr High School, was the leader of the Green Wave defense that made substantial improvements from a year ago. He led Tulane, and ranked fourth in the league, in total tackles while climbing onto the school's all-time tackle charts with his second 100-stop season in the last three years.

Of the six Tulane freshman elected to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, five started at least one game in 2000, including Moore, the second-leading rusher in Conference USA in 2000. The Baton Rouge product had five 100-yard games and gained 890 yards on 174 carries in his inaugural season to post the fourth-highest single season rushing total in school history and the most since the 1970 season. New Orleans native Lynaris Elpheage started seven games at cornerback and led Tulane in interceptions with three while Reserve's Roydell Williams ranked fifth on the team in catches with 26 for 338 yards and two TDs.

Conference USA will announce its 2000 Players of the Year, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year Wednesday.