Tulane players, coaches getting excited with opener drawing close

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With the season opener at South Alabama just nine days away, the excitement is building for the Green Wave.

“I think they’re pumped up for it,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz said Thursday. “There is light at the end of the tunnel. Tonight, two of our first three opponents are going to play against each other in South Alabama vs. Southern Miss. I know our guys are going to be glued to the TV sets tonight at 8 o’clock. This has been a long camp. We came here on June 15.”

Fritz continued to praise how diligent his program has been about testing players and staff.

“We test all the time,” Fritz said. “There’s probably 10 kids who didn’t go today because we didn’t get their results back yet. If we don’t get the result, we don’t let them come out here. We have a few guys who are in quarantine and a few guys who have tested positive who are not out there. We will test three times next week.”

It appears starting quarterback Keon Howard has checked off all the boxes needed for the Green Wave headed in the season.

“He’s done a great job,” Fritz said. “He’s an excellent leader, the guys believe in him. Coach (Will) Hall believes in him. He loves football. He loves it. He loves every part about it. Part of it is he likes being a good teammate. He’s very, very giving of himself. I’m excited about what he’s going to do this season for us. He’s a better runner maybe than what people think. He does an excellent job of managing the game. That’s a huge part of being a quarterback.”

Fritz laid out the plan heading into the season opener at South Alabama Sept. 12.

“We’re going to go hard tomorrow, hard Saturday, we’re going to take Sunday off and do a real game week.”

Fritz announced that he has placed redshirt juniors Timothy Shafter and Matt Smith and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ryan Thompson on scholarship, informing the trio Thursday.

“It’s always fun for me to do,” Fritz said. “We try to put guys on who are invested in the program. They were very excited about it. I’m hoping to do it with one or two more guys in the spring. It’s all based on being under 85 scholarships. That’s always neat to do with guys.”

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