Tulane's Chris Davenport embraces his new beginning

Tulane opens its football season Thursday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, facing Jackson State. It's the 119th campaign for the Green Wave, and the second with coach Curtis Johnson at the helm.

When the team takes the field, it'll be a new day in the career of defensive tackle Chris Davenport. Davenport comes to Tulane after being a three-year letterman at LSU. He graduated with a degree in general studies and is currently working on his masters in liberal arts.

Is there a difference in his feeling about opening day in New Orleans as opposed to Baton Rouge?

"It really doesn't matter. Opening day is opening day," he tells us. "You work hard for six months during the off-season, training hard, blood, sweat and tears put into this thing. You get to reap the rewards of it, going out there on a Saturday and have fun and just play. Not so much worried about, 'Oh well, I've got to go back tomorrow and do this and do that,' because once you go out there, you've got to leave it all out on the field."

Two more teams kicking the season off Thursday: Southeastern will host Southeast Missouri State and Northwestern State heads to Missouri State.

LSU opens its campaign on the road Saturday taking on TCU in Irving, Texas.