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Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski listed Tulane edge-rusher Ade Aruna as a "winner" for his performance in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Aruna (6'6/265) has what Sobleski calls "elite traits" for a pass-rusher, thanks to his long frame and quick first step. He also notes that his lack of production -- he had just two sacks in his senior season after recording five in his junior campaign -- to a change in the Green Wave scheme. "Aruna won't be an early-round selection, yet his raw tools should be enough to entice some team in hopes of developing him into a top-end edge defender," Sobleski summarizes. It sounds like Aruna could be a value play near the end of Day 2 or beginning of Round 3.
Feb 3 - 8:09 PM

Tulane hired former NFL DB J.J. McCleskey to serve as an assistant coach.

McCleskey played defensive back in the NFL for the Saints and Cardinals from 1993-2000. This coaching job with the Green Wave will be the first of his career.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 12:43:00 PM

Tulane sophomore WR Darnell Mooney caught six passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 41-38 loss to SMU.

Mooney's legs are actually springs, and he showed off that explosion and change of direction on his 52-yard touchdown catch and run. The school is not bowl eligible, so we are excited to watch Mooney next year.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 04:49:00 PM

Tulane redshirt junior WR Terren Encalade caught eight passes for 186 yards with a touchdown in a 20-17 victory over Houston on Saturday.

It would be unfair to say this came out of nowhere, but considering Encalade's high in catches this year was five and that came in the second week, it kinda did. The 6-foot, 190-pound junior was everywhere for the Green Wave on Saturday, including a the deciding score from 64 yards out with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Encalade certainly has shown playmaking ability before for Tulane, but this was easily his best game of the season. He and the Green Wave will try and qualify for a bowl next week against SMU.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 07:07:00 PM

Tulane senior RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in Saturday's 31-24 overtime win over ECU.

Requiring overtime to dispatch ECU doesn't show the best, but Hilliard was brilliant in this one nonetheless. The 6-foot, 205-pound senior ripped off a 60-yard touchdown gallop with 9:01 remaining in the first half and notched a shorter 26-yard scoring scamper in the closing seconds of the third quarter. With his big performance on Saturday, Hilliard has now rushed for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games played. He's in the midst of a career-best campaign, having already surpassed his yardage and touchdown tallies from a year ago.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 11:29:00 PM

Tulane sophomore WR Darnell Mooney caught eight passes for 145 yards in Saturday's 17-16 loss to Cincinnati.

After failing to surpass 30 yards receiving in any of his first five games, Mooney has come on strong over the last three contests. In that space, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound sophomore has caught 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. Tulane next plays ECU as Mooney attempts to stay in this groove.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 09:12:00 PM

Tulane redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks completed 15-of-30 passes for 203 yards and three scores and ran for 19 yards and a touchdown in a 56-26 blowout loss to Memphis on Friday.

Tulane is a run-first team, but were only able to run for 123 yards on 52 carries against Memphis. Banks was forced into throwing with the Green Wave down by four scores early, and while much of the yardage and touchdowns came in garbage time, he at least showed he was somewhat competent in that area. Two of the touchdowns went to tight end Charles Jones from inside ten yards, and his final touchdown was a 41-yarder to Darnell Mooney late in the fourth. Expect Banks and Tulane to go back to running the rock next week against Cincinnati.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Tulane senior RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Saturday's 34-28 loss to USF.

Hilliard not only scored a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, he also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the stanza. This scoring action drew the Green Wave to within 34-28, but they were unable to draw closer. The 6-foot, 205-pound senior has rushed for at least 90 yards in each of his last five games, with four 100-yard performances coming in this hot stretch.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 10:51:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:04:00 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.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 05:42:00 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.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 02:33:00 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
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 01:16:00 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.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 04:32:00 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.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 07:11:00 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.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 08:16:00 PM


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