Jonathan Banks connected with wide receiver Terren Encalade for two long pass plays, and running back Corey Dauphine ripped off two big runs in a balanced cap to spring practice. The format featured the offense versus the defense, which made some good stops in the red zone.
After doing next to nothing in coach Willie Fritz' first two spring games, the Tulane offense appears poised for a breakthrough thanks to the development of quarterback Jonathan Banks. The potential for big plays is one of five things to look for on Friday night at Yulman Stadium.
The Green Wave lost seven starters on defense and replaced another, but Fritz sees a group that is big enough and fast enough to succeed in the American Athletic Conference.
Wanting to inject more speed at the back end of the defense, the Green Wave coaches moved natural cornerback P.J. Hall to strong safety at the beginning of spring drills. He won't go anywhere else. Through three weeks of spring drills, the experiment has been a rousing success.
The Green Wave held its annual Pro Day in front of scouts representing 28 NFL teams at the Saints indoor facility on Tuesday afternoon. Eight Tulane players participated, but cornerback Parry Nickerson and defensive end Ade Aruna are the two expected to be drafted after being invited to the NFL combine in February.
Just when he appeared ready for playing time last August, Brian Newman tore three knee ligaments in a non-contact practice injury. A little more than seven months later, he looked as good or better in the first two weeks of Tulane's spring drills than he did before the injury.
Junior Darius Bradwell, Tulane's most experienced returning running back, cuts an imposing figure at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds when gets a full head of steam going. He could be the Green Wave's feature back in the competition to replace Dontrell Hilliard.
Tulane's spring practice began with a more svelte defensive tackle Jeffery Johnson, a true freshman who enrolled in January and already has lose nearly 30 pounds from a reporting weight of 345 pounds. The Green Wave is counting on him to be a big contributor at a thin spot.
Willie Fritz admitted it took longer to recover from the controversial season-ending loss to SMU than he wanted for both coaches and players, but the Green Wave will be ready for the start of spring practice on Monday. After coming up an inch short of a bowl game (or so the referee said), Tulane's goal is a little improvement across the board.
INDIANAPOLIS — Tulane's Ade Aruna didn't enter the NFL scouting combine as one of the big names of the defensive line class, like North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb or UTSA's Marcus Davenport.
Ade Aruna feels lucky to be in Indianapolis.
The Green Wave lost Scott to LSU two years ago when he came out of Zachary High as Louisiana Football. This time, he chose another SEC school after leading East Mississippi Community College to a junior college national championship.
Diaz, who graduated in December, announced on Twitter he had been released from his scholarship and would play his final season of eligibility somewhere else. After starting four games in 2015, he became a full-time starter when coach Willie Fritz arrived two years ago, missing time only due to injury.
Rising senior Jonathan Banks is entrenched as Tulane's starting quarterback, but the Green Wave now has no returning scholarship backup with the departure of McClain, Johnathan Brantley and Glen Cuiellette.
ATLANTA — Ed Reed, who went from Destrehan High School to an All-American career with the Miami Hurricanes and then became a perennial Pro Bowler in the NFL, was among 13 people named Monday to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
McCleskey, a former walk-on at Tennessee who went undrafted in the NFL before carving out a career, has lived in New Orleans since 2000. He is the founder of ME Sports, which trains athletes.
Tulane's 22-player signing class on Wednesday was its highest rated group since 2004 and could rise even higher if the Wave latches on to quarterback Lindsey Scott.
The well-respected Fritz has endured back-to-back losing records in his first two seasons at Tulane, but the improving Green Wave came within an inch of a bowl game this year.
The Green Wave football coach talked extensively on Tuesday about the direction of the program in his season-assessing news conference.
Their departures will leave Tulane with only two scholarship quarterbacks for spring drills, although the Green Wave is pursuing junior college QB Lindsey Scott.
Tulane landed two three-star recruits, including Scotlandville High defensive back Dorian Camel and Brookhaven (Mississippi) High defensive tackle Jeffery Johnson, who would be the Green Wave's highest rated signee since 2012.
Former LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. helped lift East Mississippi to a Mississippi Bowl victory and fourth NJCAA National Championship on Sunday.
After completing its most successful season in four years of American Athletic Conference play, Tulane (5-7, 3-5) was rewarded with its best representation on the all-conference football squad.
The American Athletic Conference confirmed Tuesday it supported replay booth official Paul Zukis’ controversial decision not to overturn the call that left Tulane without a touchdown on the final play at SMU on Saturday.
Crushed by a controversial loss at SMU that deprived Tulane of a bowl game, junior safety Roderic Teamer still felt positive about the direction of the program.
DALLAS — In a game decided by a replay review of the final snap, Tulane fared just as poorly in that department at the start of its 41-38 loss to SMU on Saturday.
DALLAS — Left in limbo as a replay official determined their bowl fate, Tulane players did not know what to think Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
DALLAS — Tulane quarterback Jonathan Banks sat on the stairs next to a Gerald Ford Stadium exit, looking at the floor with his hands on his chin after suffering the toughest loss of his football life.
1. WHAT WE LEARNED
The Tulane Green Wave lost a critical season finale in the cruelest of ways Saturday.
After not making the impact he anticipated in two years at LSU, wide receiver Trey Quinn has more than made up for lost time in his first season as a transfer at SMU.
Five of Tulane’s 10 football games have come down to the final possession. Another was settled by an onside kick.
Willie Fritz could not contain his excitement when he walked into the interview room after Tulane’s dramatic 20-17 victory against Houston on Saturday night.
With Tulane facing a third-and-9 against Houston with 2:31 left in Saturday's game, it would have been easy for coach Willie Fritz to call a run up the middle and rely on his defense to protect a three-point lead.
For the first time since 2013, Tulane’s seniors won their final home game.
Don't write the obituary on the Tulane football season just yet.
1. WHAT WE LEARNED
Tulane's bowl game dreams are still alive after the Green Wave held off Houston for a 20-17 win at Yulman Stadium Saturday during Senior Day.
The Tulane football team’s 10 scholarship seniors have been anything but tin men in their time on campus.
Glen Cuiellette didn't have time to think before his first pass of the season Saturday night against East Carolina.
The four years he spent in Louisiana as a child have prompted quarterback Christian Daniels to return for four more.
Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson sized up the throw from East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew on a deep post pattern, undercut receiver Davon Grayson and laid out for a highlight-reel interception.
GREENVILLE, N.C. — The overtime game between Tulane and East Carolina on Saturday night was the Pirates’ first since losing to the Green Wave 36-33 at the Superdome after three extra sessions in 2013.
GREENVILLE, N.C. — With Tulane needing a win in the worst way, coach Willie Fritz called for a trick play against East Carolina at the perfect time Saturday night.
GREENVILLE, N.C. — When Tulane needed to move the chains against East Carolina on Saturday night, or needed a long touchdown run, Dontrell Hilliard had the ball in his hands.
A nearly annual occurrence for the Tulane football team would be a first-time failure for Willie Fritz.