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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Tulane
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  04/24/22 - Duece WattsrSr/2023, Tulane, 6-1, 195 (DS#18 WR) + More +

  Quarterback Michael Pratt anticipates the leap forward everyone expected a season ago from Watts. "He's had a phenomenal spring," Pratt said after Watts scored on a 60-yard touchdown reception in the spring game. "This is the highest caliber football I've seen him play since he got here." Pratt pointed out how he and Watts developed a rapport two years ago working together every day as new arrivals in the spring semester. They lost that connection last season after both moved off campus in addition to the team spending a month in Birmingham, Alabama, because of Hurricane Ida's effects. Tulane's rough season was a rude awakening. "He and I have really gotten on the same page and clicked a lot better going into this year and this spring," Pratt said. "He's been working his butt off, and it's paid off." Watts agreed. "Spring went great," he said. "The team has a different mindset coming into this year." - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#18 WR) rSr/2023 WR Duece WattsTulane
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  02/28/22 - Macon ClarkrSr/2023, Tulane, 5-11, 185 (DS#34 FS) + More +

  2021 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): S Macon Clark, Tulane, Jr.,...Clark earned his first all-conference nod this season after finishing as the Green Wave's leading tackler with 74 stops on this season. The Louisiana native averaged 6.1 tackles per game and picked off four passes for a total of 78 yards this season, ranking third in the AAC. - Tulane Football

(DS#34 FS) rSr/2023 FS Macon ClarkTulane
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  02/28/22 - Dorian WilliamsrJr/2024, Tulane, 6-1, 225 (DS#29 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Dorian Williams, Tulane, So.,...Williams took home honorable mention recognition after he established himself as one of the league's top linebackers. As a junior, the Fort Mill, South Carolina, native averaged 6.1 tackles per game and accumulated 73 total on the season. - Tulane Football

(DS#29 OLB) rJr/2024 OLB Dorian WilliamsTulane
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  02/28/22 - Sincere HaynesworthrJr/2024, Tulane, 6-1, 310 (DS#15 C) + More +

  2021 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): C Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane, So.,...Haynesworth earned honorable mention honors after he played a key role in paving the way for Tulane's rushing attack which averaged 164.8 yards per game – a figure that ranked fifth in The American. Haynesworth made starts in all 12 games this past season. - Tulane Football

(DS#15 C) rJr/2024 C Sincere HaynesworthTulane
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  02/28/22 - Ryan WrightSr/2022, Tulane, 6-2, 240 (DS#8 P) + More +

  2021 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P Ryan Wright, Tulane, Sr.,...Wright received first team honors after he posted career highs in punting average (47.5) and posted a career long 69-yard punt. In addition, the San Ramon, California, native had 22 punts that traveled 50 yards or more. His punting average led The American and ranked seventh nationally. Wright also was selected as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award – an award given to the nation's top collegiate punter. - Tulane Football

(DS#8 P) Sr/2022 P Ryan WrightTulane
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  12/20/21 - Ashaad ClaytonrSo/2025, Tulane, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Former Warren Easton four-star running back Ashaad Clayton is returning to New Orleans, choosing Tulane on Tuesday after two seasons at Colorado in a huge coup for the Green Wave. Clayton, the Buffaloes' highest-rated signee in more than 10 years, tweeted his decision two weeks after entering the transfer portal. He carried only 27 times for 115 yards in 2020 and 2021, missing the final eight games this season with an unspecified injury while preserving his redshirt status. He has four years of eligibility left. His time in Colorado was a dramatic departure from the way he ended his career at Warren Easton. Fully recovered from a knee injury that forced him to miss the beginning of 2019, he ran 100 times for 1,186 yards and 18 touchdowns in five playoff games before the Eagles lost 35-34 to Karr in the Class 4A state final. - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Ashaad ClaytonTulane
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  12/18/21 - Ashaad ClaytonrSo/2025, Tulane, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Former Warren Easton four-star running back Ashaad Clayton is returning to New Orleans, choosing Tulane on Tuesday after two seasons at Colorado in a huge coup for the Green Wave. Clayton, the Buffaloes' highest-rated signee in more than 10 years, tweeted his decision two weeks after entering the transfer portal. He carried only 27 times for 115 yards in 2020 and 2021, missing the final eight games this season with an unspecified injury while preserving his redshirt status. He has four years of eligibility left. - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Ashaad ClaytonTulane
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  11/20/21 - Michael PrattrSo/2025, Tulane, 6-2, 210 (DS#23 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#23 QB) rSo/2025 QB Michael PrattTulane
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  09/11/21 - Justin IbietarSo/2025, 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) rSo/2025 QB Justin IbietaTulane
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  09/06/21 - Michael PrattrSo/2025, Tulane, 6-2, 210 (DS#23 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#23 QB) rSo/2025 QB Michael PrattTulane
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  09/06/21 - Nick AndersonrSr/2023, Tulane, 5-10, 225 (DS#55 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#55 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Nick AndersonTulane
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  08/24/21 - Ygenio BookerrJr/2024, Tulane, 5-11, 200 (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/2024 RB Ygenio BookerTulane
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  08/14/21 - JhaQuan JacksonrJr/2024, Tulane, 5-09, 180 (DS#999 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#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR JhaQuan JacksonTulane
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  08/12/21 - Tyjae SpearsrSo/2025, Tulane, 5-09, 195 (DS#18 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#18 RB) rSo/2025 RB Tyjae SpearsTulane
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  06/14/21 - DJ DouglasrSo/2025, 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/2025 CB DJ DouglasTulane
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