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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial athlete Keitha Jones switched his commitment from SMU to Tulane on Monday, saying he likes the family atmosphere at Tulane. He expects to play linebacker in New Orleans, fulfilling a huge position need. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Although the early signing period actually lasts three days and players can choose to wait until February, almost all of the Green Wave's 22 commitments are expected to sign Wednesday.

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Cornerback prospect Larry Brooks is Tulane's 20th commitment overall and the fourth from last weekend's group of official visitors in what is shaping up as the Green Wave's highest rated class in years. 

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Taking care of the football exceedingly well has not translated into victories for Tulane this year, putting the Green Wave in a class almost by itself.