Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Tulane Green Wave season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 5-3 in American Athletic
Head Coach: Willie Fritz, 4th year, 16-21
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TULANE OFFENSE
– The offense didn’t totally abandoned the rushing style that head coach Willie Fritz might like, but it was still able to crank out the yards on the ground averaging 218 per game and 401 overall for the O. The top backs return, with, 230-pound, 1,000-yard senior Darius Bradwell combining with 200-pound, 785-yard fellow senior Corey Dauphine. In all the top four running backs are there, but …
– Three starters are done on the O line that had a hard time keeping defenses out of the backfield. 6-4, 300-pound Corey Dublin is a decent veteran center, but there isn’t much in the way of overall bulk, and it’ll take fall camp to come up with the right starting five. If the line can be better in pass protection …
– The passing game that was decent should be a whole lot sharper. Justin McMillan is back after running for five scores and throwing for 1,304 with ten touchdowns and four picks as part of a two-man combination last season. With Jonathan Banks done, Southern Miss transfer Keon Howard will be the veteran backup if he’s not able to take the gig outright.
– The receiving corps went from good to potential terrific with the arrival of grad transfer Jalen McCleskey from Oklahoma State. He caught 50 passes with five scores in 2017, but bolted after four games in 2018 – keeping his eligibility in the new transfer rule – to go along with leading receiver Darnell Mooney and a slew of good-sized, but inexperienced, options.