Preview 2018: Tulane Green Wave. At Some Point, This Will Work

Preview 2018: Tulane Green Wave. At Some Point, This Will Work

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Preview 2018: Tulane Green Wave. At Some Point, This Will Work


What You Need To Know About The Tulane Offense

– The Willie Fritz offense has to be great from the start. It might have taken a little while for the option attack to get rolling, but it’s a versatile offense that works best when the ground game dominates.

The Green Wave averaged just 27.5 points and 392 yards per game, but it was mostly about what they could do running the ball. 4-0 when putting up 250 yards or more, that’s the goal. Do that, and everything else works.

– The experience is there with nine starters back, working around veteran QB Jonathan Banks, a former Kansas State Wildcat who finished second on the team in rushing and was just efficient enough throwing the ball to get by.

The receivers have the home-run hitting talent to do exactly what they’re supposed to. Leading receivers Terren Encalade and Darnell Mooney return after combining to average close to 18 yards per catch. It’s not going to be a volume-grab unit, but it’ll be effective.

– The running backs have to rock with leading rusher Dontrell Hilliard done. Darius Bradwell is a nice veteran with good size, but Texas Tech transfer Corey Dauphine has the deep speed to add another element to the attack. As long as the backs are averaging close to six yards per carry, they’ll be doing their job.

There might not be a ton of talent on the line, but at least there’s experience. Four starters return, but center Junior Diaz chose to take off for Florida Atlantic. Even so, it’s a quick group that knows what it’s supposed to do for the attack, but it has to be a wee bit better at keeping defenses out of the backfield.

Biggest Key To The Tulane Offense

This is when the offensive front has to be amazing. No one’s expecting the New Orleans version of Wisconsin, but the front five has the veteran players who should know what they’re doing. There will be problems when this group gets overpowered a bit, but the option offense is all about timing and experience, and this group should have it. With so much youth everywhere else, the line has to turn into a strength.

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