Tulane Football 2013 Spring Wrap Up
The graduation of QB Ryan Griffin has sparked a quarterback controversy between transfer Nick Montana and Devin Powell. Powell played in two games last year before being sidelined with an injury. So far this spring Montana seems to have outperformed Powell and has the inside track to the starting job. However, this could very well change heading into the first game of the season against Jackson State.
RB Orleans Darkwa – Darkwa has been unable to recreate his impressive freshman season thanks to injuries and shoddy offensive line play. This year appears to be different as head coach Curtis Johnson called Darkwa the spring MVP.
QB Devin Powell – If he is able to beat Nick Montana for the quarterback job then Powell could have a breakout year. In limited playing time last season, Powell showed he could be special and with a year of coaching Powell could be a nice surprise for the Wave
WR Xavier Rush – Most of the attention will go to Ryan Grant, but Xavier Rush quietly put up impressive numbers last season. In his last six games Rush caught five touchdown passes and should improve upon his numbers in the upcoming season.
CB Jordan Batiste – The other members of the secondary sometimes overshadow Batiste, but Batiste should get his opportunity to shine this year. With the graduation of Lorenzo Doss, Batiste should take over one of the corner spots and the Wave will need him to step up.
QB C+ The loss of Ryan Griffin hurts. Montana and Powell are relatively unknown commodities, but have potential. This grade could be much higher by the end of the season.
RB B- Surprisingly, the Wave are very deep at running back with Darkwa and Ryan Kelley. The question is will they receive any blocking?
WR A- One of the best units for the Wave. Ryan Grant leads a strong group of recievers.
OL D Last year they were atrocious at run blocking and also need to improve pass blocking without the experience Griffin under center.
LB D+ Zach Davis leads a line backing core that got torn apart on the ground. They need to help the DL stop the running game.
DB C+ A very young group led by Darion Monroe and Ryan Travis. If Tulane gets a little more pressure on the QB this group could be very successful.
ST A With the return of Lou Groza Award winner Cairo Santos Tulane’s special teams looks strong.
The Wave could be poised for their first bowl game since 2002. If Montana and/or Powell can fill the space left by Ryan Griffin, Tulane’s offense should be potent. The young defense will have gained valuable experience from last year and should improve considerably.
Curtis Johnson has done excellent job recruiting and the Wave should see some of those recruits contribute. Overall, expect about 4-6 wins for the Wave this year.
David Holden is the Sports Editor for The Hullabaloo provided the information for our Tulane Football 2013 Spring Wrap Up. For more Green Wave football information, commentary and analysis, you can follow David on Twitter @HullSports.