Tulane Green Wave 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 3-9
Tulane Green Wave 2016 Preview
The Tulane Green Wave turn to Willie Fritz to turn around a team that had issues on both sides of the ball in 2015.
Overview: Willie Fritz has been successful wherever he has been but he inherits a Tulane squad that went 3-9 in 2015 and were outscored 36-20 so his plate is full in his first year at the helm.
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Offense: Fritz left run first Georgia Southern after two solid seasons and we know what the Eagles did well; run, run and run. The Green Wave do have some runners with Dontrell Hilliard (115-64) and Sherman Badie (73-310) as the top options with the extra bonus of 50 receptions between them while Josh Rounds and Lazedrick Thompson have potential. Tulane does have questions at quarterback with Tanner Lee transferring which left Darius Bradwell and Glen Cuiellette competing for the job in the spring. The Green Wave need pass catchers with WR Trey Scott snagging 18 balls a year ago while Terren Encalade returns from injury with 20 receptions in 2014 while the O-Line lost three starters.
Defense: Tulane allowed 36 points so the defensive side of the football needs drastic improvement. The line gets back a gem in DT Tanzel Smart who brings back 52 tackles including 15 TFL while end Ade Aruna recorded five TFL and three sacks. The Green Wave linebacking unit is loaded with all six players that saw the field in 2015 coming back with Nico Marley posting 72 stops with 13 TFL while Eric Thomas totaled another 7.5. TFL The Green Wave secondary is also loaded with returning experience although this team was thrown on successfully in 2015 so this could be a good or bad thing.
Special Teams: Tulane gets back punter Zachery Block who averaged less then 38 yards per boot while placekicker Andrew DiRocco was 9-9 on sub 40 yard field goals. Sherman Badie and Ricky Preston spilt time at kick returner but the Green Wave need punt returners.
Outlook: I think it’s a question of when, not if when it comes to Willie Fritz turning things around at Tulane but it won’t be this season as four wins are possible with their schedule.
9/1 @ Wake Forest
9/24 UL Lafayette
10/1 @ UMass
10/7 @ Central Florida
10/22 @ Tulsa
11/12 @ Houston
11/26 @ Connecticut