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Tulane senior RB Dontrell Hilliard carried the ball 12 times for 90 yards and a score in a 23-10 loss to FIU on Saturday.

It wasn't the game he had against Tulsa last week when he exploded four 175 yards and four scores, but it's another solid effort for the 6-foot, 205-pound tailback. His score was the only touchdown on the night for the Green Wave; a 12-yard scamper into the end zone in the third quarter. Hilliard will have his toughest test in conference play when Tulane plays South Florida next week.
Oct 14 - 10:04 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks went 9-for-13 for 165 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 93 yards and another score in Saturday's blowout win over Tulsa.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt junior, a former Kansas State Wildcat, is a sturdy, athletic dual-threat quarterback with a big arm. His accuracy is shaky, but that weakness is mitigated in Tulane's triple-option attack.
Oct 7 - 5:42 PM

Tulane senior RB Dontrell Hilliard carried the ball 19 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 62-28 demolition of Tulsa.

Tulsa's shoddy defense was no match for Tulane's improved triple-option attack. The Green Wave gained 488 yards on 70 carries while scoring eight touchdowns on the ground. And with a long run of 50 yards on the day, it's not as though the stats were inflated by a few huge gains. After a few dire seasons for Tulane fans, it appears that the 3-2 Green Wave are well on their way to returning to the postseason. Next up, FIU.
Oct 7 - 2:33 PM

The scheduled kickoff for Saturday's game between Tulsa and Tulane has been moved back from 4 EST to 12 EST due to the approach of Tropical Storm Nate.

A number of Week 6 contests could potentially be impacted by Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime this weekend. At this juncture, no games have been canceled outright. The big one to watch on the weather front this weekend will be FSU-Miami, which had already been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 5 - 1:16 PM

Tulane senior RB Dontrell Hilliard carried the ball 14 times for 134 yards and a touchdown in the school's 21-17 win over Army.

Hilliard opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown. That's all you need to know about his day. Hilliard followed his 104 rushing yard performance last week against Oklahoma with this output against Army.
Sep 23 - 4:32 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks (upper body) will start against Army on Saturday.

Banks sat out last weekend's loss to Ohio State, with Johnathan Brantley starting in his place. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt junior survived the practice week without incident, though, and should be full-steam ahead for Saturday barring a sudden change of plans. Banks has completed 13-of-20 passes for 198 yards with a 3/0 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 75 yards and an additional score in two games this season.
Sep 22 - 7:11 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Army.

Banks (6'3/220) was unable to go against Oklahoma last week due to the injury. He did practice on Tuesday, which could be a good sign. If he's unable to go, Jonathan Brantley will be the starter against the Golden Knights.
Sep 21 - 8:16 PM

Tulane senior RB Dontrell Hilliard went for 104 yards on 19 carries with a score in a 56-14 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

Tulane was overmatched for most of the game, but Hilliard kept the Green Wave in the game for most of the first half. His touchdown was a two-yard plunge that gave Tulane a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter. The 6-foot, 205-pound running back had 756 yards and nine touchdowns last year, and could be in for a bigger year in 2017, especially with the inconsistent (to put it nicely) quarterback play.
Sep 16 - 9:38 PM

Tulane junior S Roderic Teamer (foot) will miss Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Teamer injured a foot against Navy. Freshman safety Chase Kuerschen, who had eight tackles versus Navy, will start in his place against the Sooners. "He’s a really smart player and played well last week," HC Willie Fritz said of Kuerschen. "We’re fortunate he got an opportunity to play quite a bit, so he’s got a game under the belt."
Sep 15 - 3:46 PM

Tulane coach Willie Fritz announced that sophomore QB Johnathan Brantley will start against Oklahoma on Saturday.

Starter Jonathan Banks is suffering from an unspecified upper-body injury playing, though Fritz declined to rule out the possibility of Banks appearing in Saturday's game. Last year, Brantley completed 8-of-21 passes for 51 yards while rushing 46 times for 202 yards (4.4 YPC).
Sep 15 - 12:01 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks (undisclosed) will not start against Oklahoma on Saturday.

Banks left the contest against Navy with an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by Jonathan Brantley, who gets the start against the Sooners. Banks hasn't been ruled out for the game yet, so there's at least a chance he'll see time for Tulane against Oklahoma, he just won't get the start.
Sep 14 - 8:21 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against Navy.

Banks left the playing field holding his chest after taking a hit. Jonathan Brantley will take over quarterback duties for the remainder of the game.
Sep 9 - 6:07 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks will not reenter Saturday's game against Navy due to an undisclosed injury.

Banks, a JUCO transfer during the offseason, was replaced by sophomore Johnathan Brantley after going down injured. Brantley will finish out the remainder of the game. We'll pass along updates as to Banks' health as they become available.
Sep 9 - 5:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees Tulane redshirt senior CB Parry Nickerson as a "late rounder... [who will] be a very good dime back at the next level with potential in a variety of schemes."

"The senior engages receivers at the line of scrimmage, shows terrific awareness and quickly locates the ball in the air, routinely plays on the pass," Pauline wrote. "Nickerson works well with the safety to bracket receivers in deep coverage and plays a physical brand of football." Nickerson briefly considering entering the NFL draft after last season. He was a second-team All American Athletic conference selection last year and boasts 10 career interceptions. "What Nickerson lacks is size as he’s rail thin and loses out in battles," Pauline wrote.
Jul 11 - 2:01 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, NFL scouts are high on Tulane senior DE Ade Aruna.

Last season, Aruna (6'6/265) logged five sacks, 10 TFL and two fumble recoveries. "Aruna is an explosive athlete who plays with great balance, speed and agility," Pauline wrote. "He’s intense, plays through the whistle and closes to the action with a great burst. Aruna is also rough around the edges and has limited football experience yet a tremendous amount of upside." Pauline grades the Nigerian-born prospect as a fifth-rounder, but adds that some scouts think he could end up going on Day 2 (Rds. 2-3). Aruna has been known to do backflips while running off the field. "He’s a freak," quarterback Glen Cuiellette said. "He’s long, fast and physical. Every time I have to read him in practice, I’m just like, aah."
Jul 9 - 3:50 PM


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