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  SEPT 19 AMERICAN ATHLETIC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nick Anderson, Sr., LB, Tulane,...Anderson led a Green Wave defense that limited previously unbeaten Kansas State to 10 points and 336 total yards in a 17-10 road victory. Anderson tied for the team lead with six tackles, including a tackle for loss, with a quarterback hurry. Two of his stops came on fourth down plays as Tulane held the Wildcats to 1-for-5 efficiency on fourth down and 2-for-15 on third down. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Michael Pratt overcame two costly interceptions with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tyrick James with 4:27 left and Tulane upset Kansas State 17-10 on Saturday. K-State came into the game favored by two touchdowns. The Green Wave stopped the Wildcats on fourth-and-short twice in the third quarter and again in the fourth. K-State finished 1 for 5 on fourth down. It was Tulane's first road victory over a Power-5 conference school since beating Rutgers in 2010. Rutgers was part of the Big East that season. The two teams came into the game having allowed a combined total of 22 points in two games. It was the second meeting between the two schools. Tulane came from behind to defeat K-State 20-16 in 1988, the year before coach Bill Snyder took over the Wildcats' program. Pratt was 13-of-26 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions, but came up big in the clutch for Tulane (3-0).

Adrian Martinez was 21-of-31 passing for 150 yards and a touchdown for Kansas State (2-1). Running back Deuce Vaughn was held to 81 yards on 20 carries, the first time in nine games that he's been held to fewer than 100 yards rushing. He was held out of the end zone for the first time in 10 games. Tulane grabbed the early lead on a 91-yard, nine-play drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Tyjae Spears. The Green Wave controlled the first quarter, out-gaining the Wildcats 125-46, even going against a strong wind. Kansas State tied it with 2:43 left in the second quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to his former Nebraska teammate Kade Warner. That touchdown capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive. Tulane appeared to be marching toward a go-ahead score late in the quarter when Daniel Green picked off Pratt's pass at the KSU 28-yard line. He returned it 49 yards to the Tulane 23. A 22-yard field goal by Chris Tennant on the final play of the half gave K-State a 10-7 lead at the half. Tulane opened the second half scoring with a 30-yard field goal by Kriston Esnard to tie the score at 10. - Tulane/AP College Football


Jr/2024 QB Michael PrattTulane
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  09/15/22 - Phat WattsrSr/2023, Tulane + More +

  Tulane coach Willie Fritz said wide receiver Phat Watts was out for the year with an ACL injury. Watts went down without being touched after catching a short pass on the last play of the first quarter Saturday...Tight end Will Wallace, who sat out with an unspecified injury, practiced Tuesday along with defensive end Keith Cooper and linebacker Noah Taliancich, who left with minor injuries on Saturday. - New Orleans Times Picayune

rSr/2023 WR Phat WattsTulane
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  Michael Pratt passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns and Tulane romped past FCS-member Alcorn State 52-0 on Saturday. Tulane (2-0) used Kriston Esnard's 26-yard field and two short touchdown runs by freshman Shaadie Clayton and Lawrence Keys III to take a 17-0 lead after one quarter. Pratt connected with Jha'Quan Jackson for a 16-yard score and Tyrick James for a 25-yarder in the second quarter and the Green Wave took a 31-0 lead into halftime.

Pratt threw a 72-yard scoring strike to Shae Wyatt on Tulane's first possession of the second half and Dea Dea McDougle pitched in with a 16-yard TD run to push the lead to 45-0 through the third quarter. Backup freshman QB Justin Ibieta added a 3-yard scoring run in the final period. Pratt completed 17 of 21 pass attempts. Wyatt finished with five catches for 130 yards. Markevion Quinn and Aaron Allen combined to complete only 5 of 14 passes for 49 yards for Alcorn State. The Braves managed just 109 yards of offense. - Tulane/AP College Football


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  Tulane football coach Willie Fritz stopped just short of confirming what sources indicated after Saturday's 42-10 trouncing of UMass—that projected starting nose tackle Adonis Friloux is out for the year with an ACL tear. Friloux, a sophomore from Hahnville who started the final three games of 2021, was hurt in practice last week. His performance in preseason camp prompted new defensive line coach Travian Robertson to say he could dominate in the American Athletic Conference. "We think so (Friloux will miss the season)," Fritz said. "We're going to find out for sure in the next couple of days. Unfortunately that's the only part of the game I don't like. It's a tough, hard-nosed, physical sport, different than all other sports on the planet. Sometimes unfortunately this occurs." - New Orleans Times Picayune

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  09/05/22 - Tyjae SpearsJr/2024, Tulane + More +

  SEPT 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Tyjae Spears, Jr., RB, Tulane,...Rushed for a conference-leading three first-half touchdowns in a 42-10 win against Massachusetts. Had 57 rushing yards on 12 carries. - American Athletic Conference Football

Jr/2024 RB Tyjae SpearsTulane
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  09/05/22 - Macon ClarkrSr/2023, Tulane + More +

  SEPT 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Macon Clark, Sr., S, Tulane,...Clark led a Tulane defense that limited Massachusetts to 17 passing yards and 217 total yards in a 42-10 win against the Minutemen. He had seven tackles to go with a forced fumble and a key interception that set up the Green Wave's third touchdown of the game. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Michael Pratt threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, Tyjae Spears had three scoring runs in the first half and Tulane cruised to a 42-10 victory over Massachusetts in a season opener on Saturday. Spears did all the scoring early for the Green Wave with touchdown runs of 6, 1 and 4 yards for a 21-10 halftime lead. Pratt scored on a 20-yard run before connecting with Duece Watts for a 31-yard score and Lawrence Keys III for a 2-yarder in the third quarter. Pratt completed 12 of 20 passes for 164 yards and ran for 55 more on seven carries. Gino Campiotti scored on a 4-yard run for the Minutemen. - Tulane/AP College Football

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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Nick Anderson, Tulane, Sr., LB,...Anderson was a fourth team All-American Athletic Conference selection by Phil Steele when he made 56 tackles in 2021, a total that was the third-highest on the Green Wave. He also posted 7.5 tackles for a loss of 55 yards. Steele elevated Anderson to a third team pick on the outlet's 2022 preseason team. - Tulane Football

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  Sam Houston State transfer Prince Pines is the biggest offensive lineman Willie Fritz has coached in seven years at Tulane. The way he has practiced the past few weeks, Fritz expects him to come up large in games, too. Pines - a 6-foot-5, 340-pound Baton Rouge product (University and Tara) - has been the first-team left guard since early in preseason camp. He is showing why he started four games as a redshirt freshman at Baylor in 2019 before heading to Sam Houston State, where he started 22 times in one calendar year after COVID-19 pushed the 2020 season into the spring 2021. He earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors that spring and first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors last fall.

Tulane needed a blocking upgrade after struggling to protect quarterback Michael Pratt. "He can help us big time," Fritz said. "We haven't had guys with his combination of being that big and moving. He's done a great job in camp so far." Quiet on and off the field, Pines made one point loud and clear when explaining how he ended up at Tulane after first committing to Oklahoma State in the offseason. The lure of Louisiana was strong. "Family plays a huge role in everything I do, so it's great having my family be able to come see me and support me," he said. "It's definitely home. Louisiana's a part of my heart, so I'm glad to be back here and able to compete. Tulane's a great institution, so that's what caused me to move." - New Orleans Times Picayune


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  Wide receiver Lawrence Keys transferred to Tulane from Notre Dame because he wanted to return to New Orleans. Safety Lummie Young left Duke for the Green Wave because he really liked defensive coordinator Chris Hampton. Already having lit up preseason drills on opposite sides of the ball, the duo stood out again on Saturday morning in a planned full-fledged scrimmage that was reduced to a lighter, more controlled affair because of a spate of injuries at cornerback.

Keys, a McDonogh 35 product who caught 18 passes in 21 games for Notre Dame before opting out of the 2021 season, accounted for 71 yards on back-to-back receptions. After a 13-yard grab, he raced past cornerback Rishi Rattan and hauled in a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Ibieta for the longest play of the day. Keys looks like the guy who had offers from LSU, Georgia and Texas as a four-star prospect out of high school "He's had a great camp," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. "He didn't play last fall, so he came in in the spring and I think he was a little rusty. He's just gotten better and better throughout the summer and also here in camp. He's had nine really good practices." - New Orleans Times Picayune


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  Valentino Ambrosio converted a 50-yard field goal with room to spare after a drive stalled during Wednesday morning's practice at Yulman Stadium. Making a kick with zero defenders on the field does not exactly prove he is the reliable kicker Tulane has been missing for several years, but his history offers powerful support. Ambrosio, a graduate transfer, hit 21 of 27 field goals in two years at Rutgers, including a 39-yard game-tying kick as the clock ticked down to zero against Maryland in 2020. It set up his 42-yard overtime winner. Both were right down the middle. "It's all about having laser focus," he said. "I've gotten a lot better at just being able to lock in and stay in the moment and do what I need to do for the team." After its struggles in game-deciding situations during coach Willie Fritz's six-year tenure, the Wave would settle for anything that nudged through the uprights.

Merek Glover, the primary kicker for the past five seasons, connected on some tying field goals in the fourth quarter but is mostly remembered for the 26-yarder he missed on the final play of regulation in an eventual overtime loss to Tulsa last year, and the 36-yarder he missed with 1:21 left in a 17-16 loss to Cincinnati in 2017. The last time Tulane hit a late game-winning kick was 2015 - the year before Fritz arrived - when Andrew DiRocco drilled a 35-yarder as time ran out to break a tie against Army. DiRocco is remembered mostly for the 21-yarder he duck hooked with 1:46 left in the Wave's 2014 American Athletic Conference debut against Tulsa, leading to a double-overtime defeat. Ambrosio, who has not won the job yet, appears to be Tulane's best hope to chart a new course. - New Orleans Times Picayune


rJr/2024 K Valentino AmbrosioTulane
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  08/11/22 - Jadon CanadySo/2025, Tulane + More +

  After excelling as a freshman nickelback last year, Tulane's Jadon Canady is preparing to start at cornerback this fall but still could log time at his old spot. Versatility is the buzzword as the coaches look for dramatic improvement from a secondary that played a significant role in the Green Wave finishing 115th in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 120th in yards allowed (271.2 per game). Canady, who intercepted Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler on the second play of his career, is one of several defensive backs training at more than one position. Macon Clark, a starter at free safety for all 12 games in 2021, is getting some time at nickelback along with Lance Robinson, who started the final three games at cornerback.

Standing pat was not an option after Tulane's disappointing season. "We're playing guys at multiple spots so we can get the best personnel on the field depending on the down and distance," second-year defensive coordinator Chris Hampton said. "We need better overall awareness. We are doing a lot of situational football (in practice), and the guys have really taken ownership." It starts with Canady, one of the few defensive pluses in the first half of last season before the unit improved down the stretch. His 54 tackles ranked fourth on the team, and he has added 20 pounds to get to 180 on his formerly slender frame. - New Orleans Times Picayune


So/2025 CB Jadon CanadyTulane
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  Tulane wide receiver Jha'Quan Jackson refuses to talk about his disappointing 2021 that began with a knee injury in preseason camp and ended in a humbling, 2-10 record. He is not being belligerent. He simply wants to focus on the present and the future rather than re-live the past. "I'm excited to get back with the team," he said after Friday morning's practice, the Green Wave's first in shoulder pads. "I worked hard all summer. The standard is coming out here and competing for a conference championship. We've been going up the hill, and we are climbing each and every day trying to get one percent better." Jackson, for one, looks a hundred percent better than he did after he got hurt last August.

Coming off a year in which he tied for the team lead in receptions (31), was second in receiving yards (425) and first in touchdown catches (eight), he suffered a severe (redshirt) sophomore slump to 19 catches, 274 yards and, most painfully, one score. This, from a guy who told fans at a meet-the-team night they could call him ATM for "automatic touchdown maker." The letdown was team wide. "He had a tough season," coach Willie Fritz said. "It was humbling for everyone. I was humbled. He had injuries and fought through it all, and that happens sometimes in this game, but he's healthy and ready to go this year." - New Orleans Times Picayune


rJr/2024 WR JhaQuan JacksonTulane
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  After persevering through an injury-affected 2021, Michael Pratt admitted he needed to get stronger to withstand the punishment quarterbacks receive in college. Mission accomplished. After playing at about 205 pounds at the beginning of last season, he said he weighed in at 218 on Wednesday and felt healthier than he had ever been. "My body's good," he said. "I just feel better overall." Pratt was banged up at the end of Tulane's opener at Oklahoma, injured his throwing shoulder two games later in the fourth quarter at Ole Miss and never was 100-percent healthy the rest of the way.

He also suffered a concussion on a massive hit while scrambling against SMU, forcing him to miss the next game against Cincinnati. Entering his third year as a starter, he expects to improve on his numbers from last season, when he completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 2,243 yards and 20 touchdowns with six interceptions. "The biggest thing is just the way the game slows down from year to year," he said. "It's a big adjustment from high school to college, and going into my second year things started to slow down and now it's at the point where the little things, the blitzes, all that kind of stuff, I just pick up a lot faster and it's kind of just habit at this point." - New Orleans Times Picayune


Jr/2024 QB Michael PrattTulane
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