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Tulane suspends five players ahead of opener

Jordan Batiste, Mark Roberts AP

When Tulane takes the field against Jackson State next week, it’ll do so after taking a significant shot to its depth chart.

Head coach Curtis Johnson announced Saturday that four players — sophomore cornerback Jordan Batiste, senior linebacker Zach Davis, sophomore offensive tackle Todd Jacquet and junior walk-on offensive lineman Preston Paine  — have been suspended for the entire opener. Additionally, sophomore defensive end Royce LaFrance has been suspended for the first half.

Johnson would only say that “team policy, this and that” led to the punitive measures.

Batiste  started 10 games as a true freshman last season, while Jacquet (as a tight end) started three and LaFrance two.  Davis played in all 12 games as a backup linebacker.

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2 Responses to “Tulane suspends five players ahead of opener”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Aug 25, 2013 10:36 PM

    More integrity than Les Miles.

  2. tigersgeaux says: Aug 25, 2013 10:41 PM

    Coach Johnson has been known to be one who expects players to obey the team rules. I am surprised that that many players required discipline right at the bell, so to speak. He knows if you establish decorum early on, you have less problems later on when it really counts.

    I like Coach Curtis Johnson. He is a native New Orleanean and a deacon in his church.

    Best to you Coach Johnson and the Green Wave!!

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