College Football Preview: The 2014 Tulane Green Wave
The Green Wave need their offense to step up their game in 2014.
2014 College Football Preview
The Tulane Green Wave have a second straight postseason appearance on their mind in 2014.
Overview: Winning football and Tulane haven't been mentioned often in the same sentence so a Bowl appearance in 2013 was a huge accomplishment. If the Green Wave expect another Bowl invite the offense better find the endzone more often.
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Offense: Nick Montana struggled with accuracy with 1,717 yards on just 53% and in the spring backup Devin Powell and Tanner Lee were listed ahead of Montana. Orleans Darkwa takes a team high 863 rushing yards to graduation leaving Rob Kelley (98-420) as the top returning runner with freshmen Sherman Badie impressing. Leading receiver Ryan Grant is gone along with his 1,039 yards but virtually everyone else is back although nobody stood out in 2013. The O-Line loses three starters but the players on the roster are absolutely massive.
Defense: In 2013 the Green Wave were all about defense and most of the pieces along the line return with the exception of Julius Warmsley. That's a big exception with Warmsley recording 18 TFL and six sacks. The linebacking unit loses three of their top four with Zach Davis departing with nine TFL and 3.5 sacks. Corner Jordan Batiste is also gone (transfer) with eight TFL and seven sacks while Derrick Strozier and Jordan Sullen graduate with three interceptions each and 24 passes defensed. While many faces return the one's that don't are significant.
Special Teams: Peter Picerelli averaged 41.5 yards per punt but the Green Wave lose strong leg placekicker Cairo Santos.
Outlook: I think the offense has a chance to be better while the defense might take a step back. That said the schedule isn't going to help so matching the success of 2013 is a tall order.