2008 CFN Tulane Preview
2008 CFN Tulane Offense
2008 CFN Tulane
2008 Tulane Depth
2007 CFN Tulane Preview
2006 CFN Tulane
Head coach: Bob Toledo
2nd year: 4-8
15th year overall: 82-70
Off. 23, Def. 22, ST 3
Lettermen Lost: 15
Best Tulane Players
2. LB David Skehan, Sr.
3. OG Michael Parenton, Sr.
4. LB Evan Lee, Sr.
5. DE Reggie Scott, Sr.
6. CB Josh Lumar, Sr.
7. OT Troy Kropog, Sr.
8. FS Chinonso Echebelem, Jr.
9. DE Adam Kwentua, Jr.
10. RB Andre Snderson, Jr.
Aug. 30 OPEN DATE
Sept. 6 at Alabama
Sept. 13 East Carolina
Sept. 20 UL Monroe
Sept. 27 SMU
Oct. 4 Army
Oct. 11 at UTEP
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 Rice
Nov. 1 at LSU
Nov. 8 at Houston
Nov. 15 UAB
Nov. 22 at Tulsa
Nov. 29 at Memphis
Mississippi St L 38-17
Houston L 34-10
Sept. 29 LSU
L 20-17 OT
UAB L 26-21
SMU W 41-34 OT
Memphis L 28-27
Tulsa L 49-25
Rice W 45-31
E Carolina L 35-12
With 2,000-yard rusher Matt Forte off to play for the Chicago Bears,
second-year head coach Bob Toledo needs to concoct ways to keep his
players and fans thinking positive this spring. It’s not going to be
easy in the Big Easy.
2007 Fun Stats:
Forte was the undisputed face of the program, the quarterback situation
is unsettled, and defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer bolted for
Kentucky in January after doing a nice job in 2007. Toledo wouldn’t
mind opening the passing game this fall, but Anthony Scelfo, Scott
Elliott, and Kevin Moore did little to instill confidence last season,
combining for just 10 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Moore is
the front-runner, but 2007 recruit Joe Kemp showed in the spring that
he’s ready to push for the job once the Green Wave reconvenes in August.
Although Toledo is about to embark on his second season in New Orleans,
Tulane is still firmly in a rebuilding mode. With little star power on
either side of the ball and question marks in the backfield, the Green
Wave will struggle to surpass last year’s four wins, especially with LSU
and Alabama lurking on the non-conference schedule.
What to watch for on offense: Toledo is an inventive coach who
craves an entertaining and unpredictable offense that keeps the
opposition guessing. To get to that point, however, he needs a
triggerman that can consistently make things happen. Enter sophomore
Kevin Moore, a young gun who made some plays at the end of last season
and pulled ahead in April’s quarterback derby. If he’s truly ready for
a promotion, the Green Wave has enough talent around him to make the
coach’s vision for the offense begin coming into focus.
What to watch for on defense: New coordinator O’Neill Gilbert has
a number of objectives in his first season, none more pressing than
tightening up a pass defense that was overmatched throughout 2007.
He’ll have his hands full, inheriting a secondary that lacks size and a
true lockdown corner. The linebackers, however, are prepared to do
their part to help out, as former safety David Skehan has been moved to
strongside, and weakside favorite Travis Burks has prior experience in
the secondary as well.
The team will be far better if … the defensive line flourishes,
despite losing so many valuable bodies at tackle. As vulnerable as the
Green Wave secondary is at this time, it’ll get toasted on a weekly
basis if the front four can’t get a push or take opposing quarterbacks
out of their comfort zone every once in a while. While ends Reggie
Scott and Adam Kwentua should take of business on the outside,
the line is naked on the interior after losing
its three best players to graduation.
Getting one of the open dates in the first week of the season isn't a
help in any way, and starting out at Alabama isn't going to kick things
off well. Winning early home games against UL Monroe, SMU
and Army are a must, and beating Rice after a mid-October off week is
important. November is brutal. Very brutal with road trips to LSU,
Houston, Tulsa and Memphis wrapped around a home date against UAB.
Basically, the Green Wave can't give away any home games.
Junior WR Jeremy Williams. The lone gamebreaker on the Green Wave
offense, Williams is a deep threat, who’s on his way to becoming one of
Conference USA’s most dangerous receivers. A physical 6-1, 203-pounder
with the speed to get behind a secondary, he’s about to pass last year’s
career-highs of 46 catches for 773 yards and five touchdowns.
Best Defensive Player:
Senior LB David Skehan. A former walk-on, Skehan has evolved into the
steadiest performer on the Green Wave defense. When the staff needed a
linebacker who could defend the run and the pass equally well, it turned
to the senior, a former standout at free safety. An active and
instinctive defender, Skehan had 66 tackles, four tackles for loss, four
picks, and 10 pass break ups, nearly landing on the All-Conference USA
Key player to a successful season: Sophomore QB Kevin Moore.
When Toledo arrived two years ago, everyone knew that the offense would
have to motor if Tulane was ever going to exit its decade-long malaise.
The offense survived last year because of Forte’s heroics, but he’s no
longer an amateur. Toledo needs Moore to grow into the passer that’ll
allow the crafty coach to take the wraps off his offensive bag of
The season will be a success if
... the Green Wave surpasses last year’s 4-8 mark. Even a fifth win
would be evidence that Toledo has this wayward program headed in the
right direction. Beyond the standings, this has to be the season that
Tulane begins to develop its quarterback of the future, a young chucker,
like Moore or Joe Kemp, who can expose the league’s secondaries and
offset a defense that won’t shut down many opponents.
Key game: Sept. 13 vs. East Carolina. If the Green Wave has
improved from last season, it’ll be evident against a Pirate team
that’ll be competing for the Eastern Division title. The visit from
East Carolina kicks off a four-game homestand that’ll set the tempo for
the rest of the season. With an upset here, Tulane will have the
momentum and the confidence to realistically dream about a .500 season.
- 1st quarter scoring: Opponents 59 – Tulane 43; 2nd
quarter scoring: Opponents 122 – Tulane 101
- Passing TDs: Opponents 26 – Tulane 10
- Kickoff return average: Opponents 22.5 yards – Tulane 17.8 yards