Tulane’s 2018 senior class well represented on NFL rosters

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John Leglue
John Leglue will begin his pro career with the Denver Broncos (Photo: Parker Waters).

Lewis, Leglue, Teamer, Jones and Encalade to take their talents to the next level

NEW ORLEANS – Five Tulane University football players will get opportunities to showcase their talents in the National Football League over the summer with the hopes of earning a spot on teams’ 53-man rosters this fall.

Senior Donnie Lewis Jr. headlined the group of Tulane alums who will pursue a professional football career, as he was selected in the seventh round (221 overall) by the Cleveland Browns.

Former Tulane offensive linemen John Leglue and safety Roderic Teamer Jr. inked free agent contracts with the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers, respectively.

Rounding out the group, was former Green Wave tight end Charles Jones II and wide receiver Terren Encalade, both of whom were invited to rookie minicamp by the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers.

As a senior in 2018, Lewis established himself as one of the league’s best cornerbacks as he led The American and ranked third nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.7 per game at the end of the regular season. He also had a team-leading three interceptions and ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 54.

Following the regular season, Lewis was honored by the conference for the second time in his career as he was named All-American Athletic Conference Second Team. As a junior in 2017, the Baton Rouge native was named Honorable Mention.

Leglue had been a mainstay on the Tulane football team’s offensive line, seeing action in 49 games. The Alexandria native earned the starting nod in the final 37 games of his career. Leglue also played a key role in paving the way for back-to-back 1,000-yard running backs.

Teamer signed a free agent deal with the Chargers following an impressive 2018 senior season where he received all-conference honors by the American Athletic Conference and Phil Steele Magazine. He closed the year with a single-season high for tackles with 72. The New Orleans native finished second on the team in tackles, had six pass breakups and one interception. Teamer finished with 10 or more tackles twice and was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the East Carolina game.

Jones earned a spot in rookie minicamp with the Jaguars following a senior season where he hauled in 10 passes for 53 yards, including a two-point conversion reception that helped send the Green Wave to their first bowl game since 2013. He also played a key role in blocking for Tulane running backs to rush for nearly 3,000 yards.

Encalade gained an opportunity in rookie minicamp with the 49ers after he collected a single-season career high 44 receptions. He also posted 727 yards receiving and five touchdowns. He finished his career with 2,235 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns. In his final game with the Olive and Blue, Encalade hauled in five passes for 93 yards and one touchdown to help lead the Green Wave to a 41-24 win over Louisiana in the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl.

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