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Sporting incredible new helmet, Tulane contains nation’s leading rusher and knocks off Memphis

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Look good, feel good, play good. College football players the world over know this saying and let’s just say that Tulane players were certainly feeling it on Friday night.

The Green Wave used a surprisingly feisty defense and scored on a number of big plays on the other side of the ball to thump Memphis 40-24 and make quite the statement during their AAC opener.

But first, let us all marvel in the debut of the newest edition of the “angry” Green Wave helmet. While you could nitpick with the black uniforms it was paired with, that helmet design is one of the better designs out there in college football. Given how well things went against the Tigers, we’re guessing they’re going to be a semi-permanent addition to the wardrobe too.

As impressive as those helmets were though, the play on the field was just as stellar. Quarterback Jonathan Banks was a solid triggerman in keeping the offense going, throwing for 127 yards and rushing for 32 more. He exited in the second half with a minor injury after a scramble and backup Justin McMillan (who used to play at LSU) proved there was not much of a drop off by promptly throwing a 51 yard touchdown to Darnell Mooney (94 yards total on the night) on his first snap behind center.

Darius Bradwell led the way on the ground with 143 yards rushing and two scores while Texas Tech transfer Corey Dauphine was even more efficient with 87 yards on 12 carries with two more touchdowns.

Still, the story of the game was probably the Tulane defense. The front seven dominated in the trenches and recorded seven sacks, more than they had in their previous four games. Even more impressive was the manner in which they shut down the nation’s leading rusher in Darrell Henderson. The Memphis tailback — who came in averaging 12.2 yards per carry — took his first touch 47 yards to the house but had just six more carries for four yards the rest of the night (he did add a 43 yard touchdown reception as well).

Tigers QB Brady White was not any better, completing only 14 passes for 246 yards and two scores as the previously high octane offense stalled out completely in the face of some serious pressure. After they went down by multiple scores, things just compounded and got worse, including the team giving up a safety that all but signaled the game was over.

The win was Tulane’s first against Memphis since 2000 and snapped an 0-11 streak against the Tigers, which surprisingly dropped to 0-2 in the AAC already after beginning the year as the West Division favorites.

Western Kentucky’s leading tackler taking grad transfer to Purdue

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A significant loss for Western Kentucky’s defense could prove to be a boon for Purdue on that side of the ball.

In an email to the West Lafayette Journal & Courier, Ben Holt confirmed that he has decided to transfer from Western Kentucky to Purdue and continue his collegiate playing career with the Boilermakers.  As he is expected to graduate from WKU in May, the linebacker will be eligible to play immediately in 2019 for the Big Ten school.

Holt is the son of Nick Holt, who has spent the past two seasons as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Purdue.  Ben Holt’s head coach his first two seasons with the Hilltoppers was Jeff Brohm, who is entering his third year in the same job with the Boilermakers.

This past season, Holt started all 12 games for the Hilltoppers.  He led the team in tackles with 116, tackles for losses with 11½ and quarterback hurries with nine.  His five pass breakups were good for third on the squad in 2018.

All told, Holt played in 38 games his past three seasons in Bowling Green.

Holt becomes the third former Hilltopper to transfer to the Boilermakers since Brohm came to West Lafayette.  Starting linebacker T.J. McCollum followed the coach in February of 2017, with starting offensive lineman Dennis Edwards following McCollum a year later.

Alabama LB Chris Allen undergoes surgery, per report

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The near-complete revamping of Nick Saban‘s coaching staff wasn’t the only football news coming out of Tuscaloosa late this past week.

According to al.com, outside linebacker Chris Allen underwent what was described as a minor surgical procedure on his knee Thursday.  The specific nature of the injury wasn’t detailed.

Allen, who missed the entire 2018 season after tearing an ACL, is expected to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice, which kicks off next month.

A four-star member of the Crimson Tide’s 2017 recruiting class, Allen was rated as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Alabama.  As a true freshman, the Baton Rouge native played in seven games.

As noted by the website, Allen is set to be one of the Tide’s top backup linebackers on the outside this coming season.

Minnesota dismisses TE who allegedly punched cop in the face

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Yeah, that’ll do it.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota tight end Max Janes is facing felony charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer very early in the morning of Feb. 8.  It’s alleged that an intoxicated Janes was in the process of breaking into a post office when police officers responded, with the football player ultimately turning violent and allegedly punching one of the cops in the face.

From the Star Tribune‘s report:

According to the criminal complaint: Officers were dispatched to a welfare check on reports of an individual improperly dressed for the cold weather loitering outside the post office. They located Janes just as he gained unlawful entry into the building’s loading dock. Officers placed Janes in their squad car, but opened the rear door after he informed them that he needed to vomit.

Instead, Janes got out and punched an officer — causing demonstrable bodily harm, the complaint says. He was eventually restrained and booked at Hennepin County jail, where he was charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and obstructing the legal process.

As a result of the off-field incident, Janes was dismissed from the football team.

“We have extremely high standards for members of our team and when those standards are not met there are consequences,” head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement. “Law enforcement officers speak to our team and educate them multiple times a year, and we greatly appreciate those who protect and serve us on a daily basis.”

A preferred walk-on, Janes played in 13 games as a true freshman this past season.  The vast majority of his action came on special teams.

Wyoming’s OL coach shuffle continues with hiring of Ohio assistant

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Maybe the third time will be a charm?

Following the end of the 2018 season, Craig Bohl parted ways with his long-time offensive line coach Scott Fuchs and embarked on a search for a replacement. That search ended with Wyoming’s hiring of Klayton Adams; less than a month later, another search for a line coach was launched as Adams took a job as the assistant offensive line coach for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

A little over a week later, and while there’s nothing official yet from the Cowboys, Frank Solich confirmed to the Athens Messenger this past week that Ohio’s offensive line coach, Bart Miller, has taken the same job at Wyoming.

“Our coaches loved working with him, our players loved working with him. We appreciate what he was all about and how he helped our team be what it was last year,” the head coach told the Messenger.

Last season was Miller’s first with the Bobcats. As the newspaper noted, this will mark Miller’s fourth different school in as many years as he was on the coaching staffs at Minnesota and Air Force in 2016 and 2017, respectively.