Tulane QB Banks misses practice, status for Oklahoma uncertain

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NEW ORLEANS – Injured Tulane quarterback Jonathan Banks did not practice Tuesday and Green Wave coach Willie Fritz said a decision on Banks’ status for Saturday’s game at No. 2 Oklahoma will not be made until later in the week.

“We’re hoping he’s going to be able to play this weekend,” Fritz said Tuesday at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. “That’s a tough thing when your first-team guy gets hurt. He gets twice the number of (practice) reps as the second-team guy.”

Banks left with an upper-body injury in the second quarter of the Wave’s 23-21 loss to Navy and was replaced by Johnathan Brantley, who drove the offense to a pair of touchdowns.

“Johnathan Brantley came in and played extremely well,” Fritz said.

Credit Fritz for embracing the opportunity that awaits his club Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Fritz said. “We want to get Tulane to the point where we’re on the national stage. We really feel like the sky’s the limit.”

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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