Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Conference USA 2010-Tulane Green Wave
2009 Record: 3-9 (1-7)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo (4th season, 9-27...87-95 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Dan Dodd (4th season)
Defensive Coordinator: Steve Sanard (2nd season)
2009 Bowl Game: The Wave hasn't sniffed a bowl since 2002
Offense: Tulane struggled mightily on offense last season, which is something that is uncharacteristic of Bob Toledo football teams. Sophomore QB Ryan Griffin returns, and this is the first time during the Toledo era that he'll have the same QB from one season to the next. Casey Robottom is the lone returnee at WR, while TE Tyler Helin also returns to give Griffin two quality targets. MOre receivers will have to develop to get the offense moving. Antoine Duplessis was supposed to be the main focus at RB, but he was let go in the spring, so Albert Williams seems to be the man now. 4 starters return on the line, with RT being given to Eric Jones, a sophomore.
Defense: Tulane runs a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, and it didn't work last season, as the Green Wave finished 102nd in total defense. Add the fact that only 3 starters return, and you have a recipe for a debacle. The entire front six is being replaced, as CB Phillip Davis, SS Alex Wacha, and FS Shakiel Smith are the lone returnees from the disaster that was 2009. The staff has been completely shaken up as well, so Tulane has basically hit the reset button.
Special Teams: This area has been affected by the reset as well, as new coordinator Doug Lichtenberger takes over the unit, and freshman Ryan Rome takes over at both PK and P.
Wins: 9/4 SE Louisiana
Toss Up Games: 10/9 Army, 11/13 Rice
Losses: 9/11 Ole Miss, 9/25 @ Houston, 10/2 @ Rutgers,10/16 @ Tulsa, 10/23 @ UTEP, 10/30 SMU, 11/6 Southern Miss, 11/20 Central Florida, 11/27 @ Marshall
The most you can expect out of this is 3 wins max. If the Army game was on the road, I'd tag it as a loss. Thank God for the 1-AA Lions, otherwise Tulane would not have a guaranteed win at all.
Outlook: Toledo is feeling some heat to get this ship headed in the right direction, but it seems that everything is working against that. There is very little talent here, as it seems that recruiting to Tulane gets harder and harder. Love Toledo as a coordinator and as a great guy...not such a fan of his as a head coach.