2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Tulane Offense
The passing attack needs to be a bit steadier. Generating more third down conversions would be wonderful – the Green Wave converted just 35% of their tries – but that didn’t matter too much considering the offense controlled games and the tempo. Getting even more out of the passing game, though, would be wonderful.
Explosion isn’t an issue, with home run hitting threat Darnell Mooney and Oklahoma State transfer Jalen McCleskey about to stretch the field for an attack that averaged close to 16 yards per completion. The issues is consistency, with the quarterbacks failing to hit half of their passes in six games, losing four of them.
Biggest Key To The Tulane Defense
A few more takeaways would be nice. Of course everyone does better when they come up with takeaways, but for Tulane, there weren’t enough of them throughout the course of the season.
The Green Wave only managed to come up with six fumble recoveries and none in the last four games. Tulane generated 18 takeaways, but seven were in the first three games and the D came up with just one or fewer in eight games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Justin McMillan, Sr.
The quarterback play is all that might be standing between Tulane and a shot at making a whole lot of noise in the American Athletic Conference race.
The defense will be among the league’s best, the running back situation is deep, the receivers are dangerous, and the O line shouldn’t be all that bad with a little bit of time. Even the kickers are terrific.
McMillan was okay when he took over the starting job last year, but he wasn’t consistent and he wasn’t accurate enough. If he’s not great or if the offense sputters, Southern Miss transfer Keon Howard might get his shot. No matter what, the main man under center has to be strong.
Key Game To The Tulane Season
at Memphis, Oct. 19
Starting out the American Athletic Conference season against Houston will be a big deal – especially at home – and there are some interesting games along the way at Temple and against UCF. But to win the West, Tulane has to go through Memphis.
Okay, so the Green Wave beat Memphis last season and it didn’t turn out to matter for them in the AAC chase, but this time around, winning again is a prerequisite. Before last year’s win, they lost 11 straight in the series going back to 2000.
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2018 Tulane Fun Stats
– Red Zone Scoring: Tulane 30-of-33 (91%) – Opponents 35-of-45 (78%)
– Fumbles: Tulane 17 (lost 12) – Opponents 14 (lost 6)
– Time of Possession: Tulane 32:15 – Opponents 27:45