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  11/20/21 - Michael PrattSo/2024, Tulane, 6-2, 200 (DS#27 QB) + More +

  Freshman Michael Pratt passed for a career-high 311 yards and three touchdowns and freshman Tyjae Spears ran for career-best 111 yards and two scores to lead Tulane past South Florida 45-17 on Saturday. South Florida (2-9, 1-6 American Athletic Conference) accounted for the first and last touchdowns of the game but in between it was all Green Wave (2-9, 1-6 American Athletic Conference). Spears knotted the score at 7 with a 69-yard TD run on Tulane's second play of the game. Pratt followed with scoring strikes to Cameron Carroll — covering 9 yards — and a 30-yarder to Tyrick James. Spears closed out the first quarter with a 6-yard TD run and Tulane led 28-7. Pratt threw a 48-yard scoring strike to Jaetavian Toles in the second quarter, Carroll ran it in from 8 yards out in third and Merek Glover kicked a 36-yard field in the fourth to cap the run for Tulane. Kel Joiner Jr. ran for 95 yards and a first-quarter TD for the Bulls. Cade Fortin had a 9-yard scoring run in the fourth on his only carry of the game. - Tulane/AP College Football

(DS#27 QB) So/2024 QB Michael PrattTulane
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  09/11/21 - Justin IbietaSo/2024, Tulane, 6-4, 230 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Freshman Justin Ibieta passed for 166 yards with two touchdowns and he ran for another to lead Tulane past Morgan State 69-20 on Saturday night. The Green Wave (1-1) rebounded from an opening week near-upset of then-No. 2 Oklahoma (40-35) by piling up 584 yards of total offense, forcing five turnovers and nine Morgan State punts. Tulane punted once during the game, which was played in Birmingham because of damage sustained to the Tulane campus during Hurricane Ida.

Starting quarterback Michael Pratt also threw for a pair of early touchdowns for Tulane. His second, a 43-yarder to Tyrick James, staked Tulane to a 38-0 lead with 10:25 left in the second quarter and Pratt went to the sidelines for the rest of the game. Twelve Tulane players combined for 294 yards rushing on 49 carries led by Iver Celestine's 77 yards. Ibieta gained 57 with a 23-yard touchdown run. Morgan State (0-2) scored just before the half on Neil Boudreau's 13-yard pass to Wesley Wolfolk. Boudreau and Wolfolk teamed up again as time expired in the third, and Boudreau added a final touchdown pass to Marcus Thomas as the game ended. Boudreau finished 17-for-26 passing for 184 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. Wolfolk had 110 yards on six catches. - Tulane/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Justin IbietaTulane
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  09/06/21 - Michael PrattSo/2024, Tulane, 6-2, 200 (DS#27 QB) + More +

  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Michael Pratt, So., QB, Tulane,...Completed 27 of 44 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 40-35 loss at No. 2 Oklahoma. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#27 QB) So/2024 QB Michael PrattTulane
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  09/06/21 - Nick AndersonSr/2022, Tulane, 5-10, 230 (DS#96 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Nick Anderson, Jr., LB, Tulane,...Had a team-high eight tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss in a 40-35 loss at No. 2 Oklahoma. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#96 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Nick AndersonTulane
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  08/24/21 - Ygenio BookerrJr/2023, Tulane, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Fourth-year running back Ygenio Booker's touchdown catch at Tulane's Thursday morning practice prompted a celebratory jump bump from coach Willie Fritz on the sideline. It will not be the only one if the versatile Booker, a Brooksville, Florida product who sometimes lines up as a receiver, continues playing as well as he has in preseason camp. To get the love from Fritz, he raced to the end zone and outleaped cornerback Reggie Neely for a 37-yard grab on a 50-50 ball from quarterback Justin Ibieta. "He's very explosive," Fritz said. "He has great speed, excellent hands and a great burst. He's running full speed in four or five yards. Sometimes it takes them 15 yards to get running full speed."

Largely because of injuries, Booker, classified as a redshirt sophomore because of the free COVID year, still is waiting for a breakthrough in games. His career statistics are 25 carries for 130 yards and nine catches for 71 yards. His numbers should be much healthier this season. "I feel great," he said. "I'm just coming out here and having fun every day, playing the game like a backyard type of fun, how I grew up. I go 100 percent every time because you never know when it's your last play." - New Orleans Times Picayune


(DS#999 RB) rJr/2023 RB Ygenio BookerTulane
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  08/15/21 - Jeffery JohnsonSr/2022, Tulane, 6-2, 330 (DS#93 DT) + More +

  Nose tackle Jeffery Johnson is lighter than at any time of his college career, but the fact he remained in New Orleans might be the weightiest news the Tulane football team received all offseason. For about 48 hours in mid-May, Johnson was in the transfer portal. Although it remains unclear exactly what he was thinking, he was welcomed back with open arms when he became the rare player to change his mind. "I was just considering things," he said Monday without revealing specifics. "This is my last year, and I was looking at things academically and competitively, but at the end of the day sometimes the best decision isn't always the right decision, so I decided to stay here."

If that answer is vague, there is nothing murky about his value to the team. Having shed 60 pounds from the summer of 2020 to the beginning of preseason camp, he became a leaner, meaner version of himself without losing the strength that made him a force in the middle of the defense the past three years. His pandemic high of 355 pounds - which he reached in the 2½ months players went home during the COVID-19 quarantine of 2020 - has turned into a sub-300 weigh-in through hard work and a better diet. "We have a phenomenal strength and conditioning program, but it's not really about how you train," he said. "It's about what you put in your body. When we were home during the quarantine, I got down on myself, and it took me a while to get back." - New Orleans Times Picayune


(DS#93 DT) Sr/2022 DT Jeffery JohnsonTulane
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  08/14/21 - JhaQuan JacksonJr/2023, Tulane, 5-09, 185 (DS#68 WR) + More +

  When he introduced himself to fans at Tulane's "Let's Talk Football" event in late July, wide receiver Jha'Quan Jackson said his nickname was ATM, explaining it meant Automatic Touchdown Maker. The playful bravado was out of character for Jackson, who normally is soft-spoken in public, but on point considering his breakout potential. After scoring five times in the last four games of 2020, he is capable of reaching the end zone in a variety of ways thanks to his terrific change of direction and open-field skills. He became one of freshman quarterback and roommate Michael Pratt's primary targets a year ago, making 25 of his team-high tying 31 catches (and seven of his nine touchdowns) in the final seven games. Their rapport has remained strong early in preseason practice. On Saturday, Pratt hit him deep in one-on-one drills and connected with him again on a perfect strike to the corner of the end zone during 11-on-11 work.

Jackson also scored on a 14-yard run against Army last November, averaged an impressive 13.9 yards on punt returns after supplanting Amare Jones in that role and figures to be the Wave's primary kickoff returner with Jones' transfer to Georgia Southern. His multi-faceted skills earned him a spot on the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which goes to the most versatile player in college football. "If he keeps pushing himself, he can be a great player in this conference," Tulane offensive coordinator Chip Long said. "His ceiling is unmatched." - New Orleans Times Picayune


(DS#68 WR) Jr/2023 WR JhaQuan JacksonTulane
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  08/12/21 - Tyjae SpearsrSo/2024, Tulane, 5-09, 190 (DS#22 RB) + More +

  After practicing Friday for the first time in nearly 11 months and declaring himself ready to go, Tulane running back Tyjae Spears was brutally honest about the injury that stopped him in his tracks last September and prompted plenty of misgivings moving forward. Recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament is hard on the brain. "I'm not going to lie, I wanted to quit," he said. "Nine months ago I wasn't even walking. Two months ago, I was ready to quit and pack it up and go home." Those strong emotions likely never would have morphed into reality. Spears, a Ponchatoula High product entering his third year with the Green Wave, is too talented with too much of a future to give it all up.

After redshirting in 2019 (despite playing in four games), he rushed for 105 yards in the Green Wave's 2020 opener against South Alabama, 119 more the following week against Navy and was halfway to 100 when the knee took a fateful hit against Southern Miss at the end of a touchdown run early in the second quarter last Sept. 26. He thought his leg was broken, checked it and realized the problem was different. Either way, he knew his season was over in an instant. His perceived setbacks in his recovery reached a critical point in late May. "I wasn't seeing any progress when I was doing the work every day," he said. "I was still limping. I couldn't finish. I couldn't get up to full speed. It just took a toll on me. Some days I was progressing in the training room, and then the next day I couldn't do anything and was back down to ground zero again." - New Orleans Times Picayune


(DS#22 RB) rSo/2024 RB Tyjae SpearsTulane
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  06/14/21 - DJ DouglasrSo/2024, Tulane, 6-0, 202 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The Tulane football team has picked up Alabama transfer defensive back D.J. Douglas. Douglas, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound prospect who walked on to the Crimson Tide in 2019, will be on scholarship with the Green Wave and is expected to play cornerback and nickelback. After redshirting in 2019, he participated in Alabama's two playoff games en route to the national championship this past season. A product of Alabaster, Alabama, he received offers from Alabama State and Tuskegee out of high school according to 247Sports.com. - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB DJ DouglasTulane
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  05/15/21 - Jeffery JohnsonSr/2022, Tulane, 6-2, 330 (DS#93 DT) + More +

  Two days after entering the transfer portal, Tulane defensive lineman Jeffery Johnson decided to come back out. Sources confirmed Friday that Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound three-year starter at nose tackle, changed his mind and will stay with the Green Wave for his fourth year. Rivals.com first tweeted his initial decision to transfer and his reversal. - New Orleans Times

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  05/14/21 - Joseph DorceusrSr/2022, Tulane, 5-11, 277 (DS#114 DT) + More +

  Former Memphis defensive lineman Joseph Dorceus will remain in the AAC. Dorceus is heading to Tulane as a graduate transfer, he announced Thursday. He entered the transfer portal in January after starting the previous two seasons. In an Instagram post, Dorceus thanked his Memphis coaches, the athletics advisers and the city of Memphis for supporting him. He also said he'd be "grateful for the blessings, lessons learned and my brothers that went to war with me." Tulane faces Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on either Nov. 26 or 27.

Dorceus walked on at Memphis following the footsteps of older brother Doroland. He was placed on scholarship by previous coach Mike Norvell after the 2017 season. He appeared in 50 games for the Tigers, including 22 starts. His 35 tackles for loss are eighth all-time in Memphis history and he was All-AAC honorable mention in 2019 when the Tigers won the conference championship and reached the Cotton Bowl. - Memphis Commercial Appeal


(DS#114 DT) rSr/2022 DT Joseph DorceusTulane
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  05/13/21 - Jeffery JohnsonSr/2022, Tulane, 6-2, 330 (DS#93 DT) + More +

  Three-year Tulane starting nose tackle Jeffery Johnson has entered the transfer portal ahead of his fourth season, Rivals.com tweeted Wednesday afternoon. Johnson, a Brookhaven, Mississippi product listed at 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, started all 12 games as a junior in 2020, finishing with 33 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He started nine games in 2019 and all but one of Tulane's 13 games as a freshman in 2018, excelling at taking on double teams and holding his position. - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#93 DT) Sr/2022 DT Jeffery JohnsonTulane
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  05/03/21 - Patrick JohnsonSr/2021, Tulane, 6-2, 240 (DS#11 OLB) + More +

  Tulane defensive end Patrick Johnson was selected as the sixth pick in the seventh round (No. 234 overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday afternoon in the NFL draft. Johnson was the second Green Wave player taken on the third day of the draft, following teammate Cameron Sample, whom the Bengals took in the fourth round (No. 111 overall). Johnson is the 146th Tulane player chosen in NFL draft history, and the school has had two players selected for three of the past four drafts. Johnson, a Chattanooga, Tennessee, native, closed his career as Tulane's all-time leader in sacks with 24 1/2 and No. 6 on the all-time list in tackles for loss with 40. - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#11 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Patrick JohnsonTulane
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  04/07/21 - Duece WattsSr/2022, Tulane, 6-1, 195 (DS#20 WR) + More +

  Returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly three weeks, Duece Watts was not at 100% during Tulane's spring game Saturday. He still was one of the most impactful players on the field, giving a preview of what the offense could look like when it has a full complement of wide receivers under new coordinator Chip Long. Unofficially (Tulane did not keep stats), Watts caught five passes from quarterback Michael Pratt, and three of them were for first downs on third-and-5, fourth-and-7 and second-and-17. He also gained 9 yards on a swing pass and another five on a quick out as the first-team offense went on a 15-play drive against the first-team defense, setting up a 35-yard field goal. Having caught 31 passes in his first year of Division I football after transferring from Jones County Junior College, Watts said he anticipates an explosion in the fall. "Just say y'all got a surprise coming," he said. "I'm just looking to make a whole lot more plays. I needed that year to pick up on the speed. The players are a whole lot better coming from (junior college). I think I'm going to have a whole lot better season." - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#20 WR) Sr/2022 WR Duece WattsTulane
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  03/11/21 - Cameron CarrollrJr/2023, Tulane, 5-11, 225 (DS#39 RB) + More +

  The last time we saw Cameron Carroll, he was running around the right end for a meaningless 65-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in Tulane's 38-27 loss to Nevada in the Idaho Potato Bowl. He was not going to turn down free points. "Honestly, it caught me by surprise," he said after one of Tulane's early spring football practices. "I didn't expect it, but our O-line executed and the wide receivers executed. It felt great. You never give up running." His career-long carry was one of an American Athletic Conference-leading 12 rushing touchdowns and likely was a preview of many more to come.

Carroll, a sturdily built, 6-foot-0, 225-pound power back with speed, proved he could do it all in a breakout redshirt sophomore season. He rushed for 741 yards on 122 carries (6.1 average), more than doubling his total of 364 yards in 2019, and even caught a 32-yard touchdown pass against Southern Miss. "He really made a vault from two years ago to last year, and we want that same type of improvement this year," coach Willie Fritz said. "He's got all the tools. He's smart, he's tough, he's got great movement, great size and he's got excellent hands." - New Orleans Times Picayune


(DS#39 RB) rJr/2023 RB Cameron CarrollTulane
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