Football
Six Green Wave Football Players Receive All-Conference USA Recognition
 
Seniors Troy Kropog (pictured) and Craig Gelhardt were each named to the 2008 All-Conference USA first team, while four other Green Wave players also received all-league honors.
 
Seniors Troy Kropog (pictured) and Craig Gelhardt were each named to the 2008 All-Conference USA first team, while four other Green Wave players also received all-league honors.
 
 

Dec. 9, 2008

New Orleans - A total of six Tulane football players received 2008 All-Conference USA award recognition, including two first team selections in seniors Troy Kropog and Craig Gelhardt, while junior Ross Thevenot was named to the All C-USA second team, and seniors Michael Parenton and Reggie Scott and junior Andre Anderson were each named honorable mention performers, as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches.

A 6-6, 315-pound left tackle from nearby Metairie, Kropog is a first-time selection to the league's all-conference first team after receiving honorable mention All-Conference USA accolades in 2007. Kropog, who was named to the 2009 UnderArmour Senior Bowl earlier this season, is a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. He started every game this past season and 37 of 43 games for his career, and helped pave the way for 2,000-yard rusher Matt Forte in 2007 and for Andre Anderson, who rushed for 864 yards through six full games before suffering a season-ending injury against Rice.

A 2008 All C-USA first team selection, senior Craig Gelhardt handled every snap on special teams during his four years at Tulane.


Gelhardt, a 6-3, 233-pound deep snapper from Tallahassee, Fla., is a four-year letterwinner who handled the snap on every punt, PAT and field goal attempt during his career, a span of 47 games. He is a first-time selection to the all-conference first team, but is a two-time honorable mention all-league performer. Earlier this season, he was named to the 17th Annual Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2008.

Junior Ross Thevenot was named to the All C-USA first team after leading the league in punting and finishing as the nation's second ranked punter.


A native of Lake Charles, La., Thevenot is a 6-0, 180-pound kicker/punter who handled the majority of the Green Wave's kicking chores, but concluded his first season as the team's full-time punter. Thevenot ranked as the top punter in Conference USA and was second nationally with a 45.80 average. He punted 45 times for 2,061yards and had a career long of 71 yards against SMU, which tied for the second longest among league players. He booted 15 attempts 50+ yards and placed 15 punts inside the 20-yard line, and dropped 4-of-5 attempts inside the 20-yard line at Houston. Thevenot's 45.8 per game average is the third-best in Conference USA history and the best single season average since East Carolina's Andrew Bayes averaged 48.1 in 1999. Thevenot's average ranks second on Tulane's single-season charts, trailing Brad Hill's 46.19 per game average in 1997. He is a first-time selection to the all-conference team.

Heading up TU's honorable mention performers is Parenton, a 6-2, 287-pound senior from Thibodaux, La. Parenton, a two-time Wuerffel Award candidate and four-year letterwinner and starter, started 46 of 49 career games and owned the longest starting streak on the team with 30. He received back-to-back honorable mention All C-USA honors the last two seasons and was named to the Rotary Lombardi Watch list in 2007. Parenton and Kropog were both mainstays on the offensive line throughout their careers and played an integral role in both Forte's success last year and Anderson's quick start this past season.

Senior Michael Parenton started every game for the Green Wave during his final two seasons and earned honorable mention All C-USA honors for the third straight year.


One of the hottest running backs in the nation this season, Anderson rushed for 864 yards and seven touchdowns on 174 carries and had 25 receptions for 202 yards and a score through seven games before suffering a season-ending injury in the second quarter against Rice. At the time of his injury, he ranked first among Conference USA running backs in rushing (142.0) and all-purpose yards (175.67) and was fourth nationally in both categories. Anderson rushed for 100 or more yards in four games, including two contests with 200+ yards and owned two of the nation's top rushing performances with 219 yards vs. SMU and 255 yards and two touchdowns at UTEP.

An honorable mention all-conference selection, junior Andre Anderson led Conference USA in rushing and all-purpose yards and ranked as high as fourth nationally in each category before suffering a season-ending injury vs. Rice.


A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., the 6-0, 211-pound junior is a first-time selection to the all-conference team. He was named to the All-Conference USA Academic team and was a Doak Walker Award candidate prior to his injury and should return as one of the nation's top backs entering his senior season.

A 6-4, 260-pound senior defensive end from Charlotte, N.C., Scott earned honorable mention All C-USA merits for the second straight year. He started 12 games and has 31 tackles (25 solo), including 6.5 stops for lost yardage (35) and two sacks. Scott recorded his first career interception vs. #14 East Carolina, finished with a season-high six stops (5 unassisted) at Tulsa and recorded quarterback sacks vs. #14 East Carolina and SMU.

Senior Reggie Scott was selected as an honorable mention All C-USA performer after starting all 12 games and recording 31 tackles, 6.5 stops for lost yardage and one interception.



 

 

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