THIS WEEK'S GAME: Tulsa at Tulane, Sept. 4 -- The Green Wave jump right into the Conference USA race with a battle against the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa is still trying to figure out who will start at quarterback through preseason practices, so the Green Wave is hoping to provide some pressure on whoever starts and cause some mistakes. Offensively, Tulane needs a solid outing from Andre Anderson on the ground to establish a solid running game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB Andre Anderson -- In his first seven games in 2008, his first as a full-time starter, Anderson ran for 864 yards and seven touchdowns. If he can recover that form, it will give the Green Wave a reliable weapon to lean on and keep control of the ball.
QB Joe Kemp -- The redshirt sophomore has earned the starting job, but coach Bob Toledo juggled quarterbacks a year ago when they weren't effective. Kemp needs to have a solid, error-free game to keep his starting job for a couple more weeks.
CB Charles Harris -- The senior is a playmaker in the secondary. Going against a likely inexperienced quarterback for the Golden Hurricane, Harris will be looking to cause a turnover or two to charge up the Tulsa defense.
--The flu wrecked havoc with a recent scrimmage for the Green Wave, with 28 players forced to sit out the contest suffering from flu-like symptoms.
--Freshman RB Peyton Jason has opened some eyes in preseason practice and did very well at a recent scrimmage. After Jason rushed for 80 yards and a pair of scores, coach Bob Toledo said Jason will definitely see some playing time backing up starter Andre Anderson.
--Sophomore LB Trent Mackey has been playing well enough to likely get some time in the opener. He had a team-best seven tackles in a recent scrimmage.
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