College Football Preview: The 2015 Tulane Green Wave
Tulane Green Wave Preview
2014 Record: 3-9 (6th in the AAC)
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Overview: The Tulane Green Wave look to bounce back after a 3-9 season in Curtis Johnson’s fourth year with the program. Tulane has reached just one bowl game in the last 10 years, so patience is certainly something this fanbase is used to having. However, Tulane would like to win at least four games for the second time in five years.
Offense: Tulane’s young offense remains intact starting with Tanner Lee at quarterback. Lee completed 55.1 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as a freshman and should improve with a full season under his belt. Lee also benefits from familiarity, as Teddy Veal, Terren Encalade and Charles Jones return as his top targets, and they were all freshmen last season as well. The ground game will be led once again by Sherman Badie and Lazedrick Thompson, a duo that combined for more than 1,100 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Dontrell Hilliard also has a chance to prove he’s one of the better offensive players in the AAC. Tulane’s offense was extremely young last season and with everybody returning, we should see a steady increase of production.
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Defense: Besides losing Lorenzo Doss and Sam Scofield on the defensive side of the ball, Tulane has a lot of returning faces. Nico Marley will now be the leader of this defense after back-to-back solid seasons at linebacker and Darion Monroe is more than capable of being the glue to a young secondary. Parry Nickerson had six interceptions as a freshman and Royce LaFrance is one of the better pass rushers in the AAC, as he’s racked up 12.5 sacks in his last two seasons. Tulane’s defense should improve its numbers quite nicely after ranking 56th in the country last season. The talent and production is there on this side of the ball to be confident in this unit.
Special Teams: Peter Picerelli returns after averaging 37.7 yards per kick on 71 attempts. Kicker remains a major question mark and will be decided between Andrew DiRocco, Trevor Simms and Zach Block.
Overall: Tulane has the ability to be a surprise team in just its second season in the AAC after transferring from the C-USA. The Green Wave should make strides on the offensive side and has more than a few playmakers on the defensive side. It’s all a matter of putting everything together and getting it done. I wouldn't be surprised if Tulane pushes for its second bowl trip under coach Johnson. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this young squad is still a year away.