Tulane Football 2017 Position Preview: Wide Receivers

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Terren Encalade #5
(Photo: Stephen Lew)

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane football held a two-hour practice Thursday morning on Day 16 of preseason camp at the indoor facility of the New Orleans Saints in Metairie.

As the 2017 season approaches, with just 16 days to kickoff, the units are rounding into shape, and previews of each position will follow on TulaneGreenWave.com in the coming days and weeks. Today: wide receivers.

The Green Wave return to the practice field Friday morning for a workout at the New Orleans Saints facility in Metairie. Practices are closed to the public.

Wide Receivers

The 2017 Green Wave features an inexperienced, but talented receiving corps. Terren Encalade, a redshirt junior with 778 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 26 career games, leads the group that includes six juniors and seniors, with eight freshmen or sophomores.

Encalade, a native of East Point a la Hache, La., is joined by junior Devin Glenn (New Orleans), and sophomores Darnell Mooney (Gadsden, Ala.), D.J. Owens (Acworth, Ga.) and Chris Johnson (Baton Rouge, La.) as wideouts returning with experience. Mooney registered 24 catches for 267 yards and two touchdowns last year, while Glenn caught three passes for 32 yards, Owens had one 28-yard reception and Johnson had an 18-yard reception.

Junior Jabril Clewis, a native of San Diego, Calif., and a transfer from Grossmont College, joined Tulane in January and went through spring drills. Redshirt freshman Jacob Robertson Jr., a College Park, Ga., native, has turned in a productive preseason camp. Clewis and Robertson are poised to make an impact on the receiving corps for the Wave this season.

“We have a lot more depth at receiver this year,” head coach Willie Fritz said. “Our top three guys are probably Terren Encalade, Darnell Mooney and Jabril Clewis. I think (Jacob) Robertson, D.J. Owens and Devin Glenn will play quite a bit as well.”

Senior Brian Newman (Houston, Texas), juniors Reed Green (Meridian, Miss.) and Andrew Hicks (Belle Chasse, La.) and sophomore Rocky Ferony (Cedar Park, Texas) return for the Green Wave, while freshmen Jaetavian Toles (Stratford, Texas), Travis Tucker (Senatobia, Miss.) and Kevin LeDee (Cypress Ridge, Texas) are learning the offensive system and looking to contribute on the air attack.

“We don’t have a lot of older guys. We have three guys that are upper classmen in the wide receiver corps,” wide receivers coach Jeff Conway said. “One of those three is brand new in Jabril Clewis. Devin Glenn and Terren Encalade are doing a good job of showing those guys the ropes. We have enough offense (installed), I think these guys can settle in and work on the plays that exist and get better with those. They all have good attitudes and are working hard. I think we’re going to be much improved from last year.”

Season tickets, mini-plans and single game tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 504-861-WAVE (9283), logging onto TulaneTix.com or visiting the ticket office at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center. Season tickets that includes all six home games during the 2017 season start as low as $200 for a single book and $300 for a family four-pack. Mini plans include the 3rd & Goal package for $75 and the Homecoming & Lagniappe package for $65. Seats are available in locations throughout Yulman Stadium.

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