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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

Tulane HC Willie Fritz named redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks the starting quarterback.

"What I've been impressed with is him being able to grasp this offense so quickly. We knew the athletic ability was there with running and throwing the football, but he's got to keep progressing," Fritz said. Banks spent last season at a JUCO. Prior to that, he played for Kansas State. Despite his inexperience in Fritz's unique spread-option attack, Banks had seized the first-team reps at quarterback by the latter part of spring practices. This spring, the media described Banks as a perfect fit for Tulane's offense. He has impressive speed, open field ability and the arm strength necessary to take deep shots in the Green Wave's play-action passing game. "He's got some velocity he can put on the football," Fritz said. "One time, also, there was a bit of a pass rush and he took off and ran and he might have gotten 20, 30 yards out of it if it was a real situation."
Source: NOLA.com
Jun 5 - 1:08 PM

Rams selected Tulane DT Tanzel Smart with the No. 189 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Smart (6’1/296) made 36 starts on Tulane's defensive line, amassing 40.5 career tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks and earning first-team All-C-USA as both a junior and senior. Smart was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, posting 11th-percentile SPARQ results and managing 22 reps on the bench. A stubby three-technique prospect who won with bull rush and quickness against lower-level guards and centers, Smart faces an uphill climb toward NFL relevance.
Apr 29 - 4:18 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Tulane DL Tanzel Smart to Kansas City Chiefs DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

"Smart needs to be in an upfield scheme that takes advantage of his ability to play in the gaps," Zierlein writes. "His draft stock will take a hit due to his lack of measurables, but he has NFL backup potential thanks to his ability to rush the passer." The 6-foot-1, 296-pounder notched 68 tackles (19.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 12 games played during the past campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 4:42 PM

Tulane senior K Andrew DiRocco has left the team.

It isn't clear yet whether DiRocco has simply decided to step away from football or whether he will pursue a graduate transfer. During his time at Tulane, he made 27-of-41 boots. His career long kick was good from 48 yards out. Randy Harvey, Zachary Block and Merek Glover will be competing to take over for DiRocco for the 2017 season.
Mar 18 - 12:14 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein suggested Tulane DL Tanzel Smart could fit a role in the NFL similar to Grady Jarrett.

Smart flashed during Senior Bowl week after weighing in a 6-foot-1 and 295-pounds. He displays bend from the interior, something that is difficult to find out of the college level. Smart likely projects as a 3-technique, an alignment where Jarrett thrived after shifting over late in the season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Jarrett as the No. 20 overall prospect in 2015 and likely won't grade Smart as highly.
Feb 6 - 11:16 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Tulane DT Tanzel Smart "has been impossible to stop" at Senior Bowl practices.

Pauline tagged Smart as one of his "risers" from Wednesday's practice sessions, noting that the 6-foot-1, 305-pounder, exhibited a "combination of quickness, movement skills and surprising power [that] has knocked blockers back off the ball every day." This, despite the fact that he is undersized in comparison to most of the opposing offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl. This past season, Smart registered a career-best season with 68 tackles (19.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He should be viewed as potential Day 3 sleeper for the draft.
Jan 26 - 7:54 PM

Tulane DR Tanzel Smart has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Smart has dominated his final collegiate season, totaling 12.5 tackles for loss from the interior, including 4.5 sacks. Tulane is by no means a bad program, but events like this are perfect for a prospect like Smart to shine.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:23:00 AM


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