Tulane University kicks off 2020 spring football
The Tulane University football team opened its spring practice schedule at Yulman Stadium on Tuesday morning, its first of 15 spring sessions that will include the Spring Game on Saturday, March 28.
The theme throughout the day was focused on going from good to great. Fifth-year head coach Willie Fritz wants to take his program to the next level in the 2020 season.
“We’ve talked to our guys about the goals we want to accomplish,” Fritz said in a release. “We’re not where we want to be right now. We want to go from being good, 7-6, to being great. In order to do that, we’ve got to do the little things. The inches are important for us. Spring ball is a big part of that. Getting everything started on the right foot, which I think we did today, then developing our depth chart. We’ve got a lot of veteran guys that are back.”
The field was littered with newcomers as well. From the coaching staff to the players, new faces were making big impressions for everyone.
“I think they did good,” Fritz said in the release. “One of the things when we recruit guys, we’ve got to do a good job of bringing the right dudes in here, academically and also character-wise. It’s important for us. Some of the grad-transfers that have come in, those guys have to be excellent students to get them in here. I know you talked to Mykel Jones earlier, he’s certainly a great student. He played a lot of quality football at Oklahoma. I feel like he can come in and be an impact player for us.”
One of the new members of the coaching staff, Byron Dawson, the Green Wave’s defensive line coach, is still adjusting to his new position Uptown, but already enjoys the group he is working with.
“It’s a great group of guys,” Dawson said in the release. “Most importantly, they are great character guys and that’s what I’m most proud of. They’re the type of guys you want your daughters to marry, so guys you can be proud of. Those are the type of guys in my room.”
Another new member to the Green Wave roster this spring is Oklahoma transfer senior Mykel Jones, a Patterson High alum. The former Sooner wide receiver is happy with his choice to play in his home state of Louisiana. Jones, who graduated from Oklahoma in December, will be able to compete immediately. Over the course of his 37 games during his career at Oklahoma, Jones caught 33 passes for 495 yards.
“It was a tough decision, but at the end of the day I had to do what was best for me. I do think that the deciding factor was coming back home, being able to play in a really good conference and just getting more opportunities,” Jones said in the release.
His best season in Norman came in 2017 where he caught 16 passes for 310 yards and one touchdown, as he helped guide the Sooners the College Football Playoff Semifinals against Georgia. As a true freshman in 2016, Jones appeared in 12 games and caught 13 passes for 106 yards.
Tulane’s spring practice continues Thursday inside Yulman Stadium.
The Green Wave open the 2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 3 at home against Southeastern Louisiana.