Former Senator and Two Way Star, Anthony Scelfo, Gets the Nod
NEW ORLEANS, La.-September 25, 2007 -- Sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo will make his first start under center when the Tulane University football renews the oldest rivalry in school history by taking on No. 2 LSU Saturday in the Louisiana Superdome, Green Wave head coach Bob Toledo announced Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
A native of New Orleans and 2005 graduate of nearby Jesuit High School, Scelfo has played in seven games during his collegiate career, completing 12-of-22 passes for 106 yards and two interceptions. In addition, he has run for 36 yards and a touchdown of four carries.
"We are going to start with Anthony Scelfo and we are going to give him every opportunity to see what he can do in the game," Toledo said. "We have not finalized the plan with either Scott Elliott or Kevin Moore. We will go through the week and see how they both practice and then will decide on something later on in the week.
"The next two games are non-league games and if I have the opportunity to get all three of them in the game I would like to do that, particularly Kevin Moore. He was going to get in the last few minutes but then they scored and we didn't get him some snaps, which I wanted to do. So we would like to give him the ball in the game as well. I think we will play two, possibly all three."
Scelfo, who also plays outfield for the Green Wave baseball team, has had some nice moments against the Tigers previously in his career. Last season, Scelfo scored a touchdown in Tulane's 49-7 loss in Baton Rouge, and he followed that up during the spring by going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the Green Wave's 16-9 win on April 3 at Zephyr Field.
In three games off the bench so far in 2007, Scelfo has completed 9-of-16 passes for 75 yards. A mobile quarterback who ran for 859 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons as starting quarterback at Jesuit, Scelfo's athleticism played a part in the coaching staff giving him the starting nod on Saturday.
"Well that helps, let's put it that way," Toledo said of Scelfo's ability to make things happen with his feet. "He has the ability to avoid maybe some sacks and be mobile in the pocket. So yes that was a consideration."
In last week's 35-27 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, Scelfo took over for starter Scott Elliott early in the second half and guided the Green Wave to touchdowns in three of the team's six possessions before killing the clock on the final drive. He completed three-of-five passes for 27 yards and an interception against the Lions, including a 13-yard hook-up with sophomore fullback Jeremy McKinney.
While Toledo hopes the quarterback change breathes new life into the Green Wave offense, he realizes the challenge that lies ahead this weekend in taking on the second-ranked team in the country.
"Let's put it this way, I am on that committee that pick them and I voted them No. 1 the whole year ahead of USC in the coaches' poll," Toledo said of the Tigers. "I think they are a fantastic football team. I don't see any weaknesses, I really don't. They are so good, they have two outstanding quarterbacks and (they have) receivers all over the place with speed. Their defense is phenomenal. They don't have to punt much or kick many field goals."
Saturday's game against LSU closes out a four-game homestand , kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Season and single-game tickets for the 2007 season remain on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased in person, over the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com