Work in Sports
Tulane Green Wave
Green Wave glory apparently fleeting
'99: 3-8, 1-5 C-USA
CoachChris Scelfo (second season, 4-8)
Key offensive playersPatrick Ramsey, QB, Jr. Lacks the mobility of predecessor Shaun King but completed 310 of 513 passes for 3,410 yards and 25 touchdowns in '99.
Adrian Burnette, WR, Sr.
Bernard Robertson, T, Sr.
Key defensive playersJerry Phillips, MLB, Sr.
Second on the team in tackles last season with 97, including 53 solos.
Delando Davis, WLB, Jr.
Key newcomerJ.P. Losman, QB, Fr.
Transfer from UCLA goes into preseason practice as the backup to Patrick Ramsey
Throwback playerQuarterback Patrick Ramsey is your prototypical stay-in-the-pocket passer. Give him some high-top cleats and he could do a pretty good Johnny Unitas.
21st century playerWhen they roll the Tulane highlights this season, flashy wide receiver Adrian Burnette will be a guy you see a lot.
Fast FactSophomore kicker Seth Marler is the leading returning scorer in C-USA with 75 points last season.
OutlookThe Green Wave's glorious 12-0 season in 1998 turned out to be as fleeting as a puff of smoke on Bourbon Street. Coach Tommy Bowden bolted for Clemson before the Liberty Bowl and quarterback Shaun King took his talents to the Tampa Bay Bucs. What remained in 1999 was a semblance of the passing proficiency but little else. The air game couldn't compensate for a defense that was last in the league in almost every category. It won't help their chances of improvement that linebacker Noel Ellis, who had a team-high 106 tackles, was suspended from the team while allegations that he was passing counterfeit $20 bills are investigated. With such problems at home, maybe it's a good thing that Tulane doesn't play in the Louisiana Superdome until Sept. 30 -- tied for the latest home opener in Division I-A.
-- Al Myatt