Tulane needs new signee or returning quarterback to step up in 2017

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Willie Fritz

There are, for now, 27 in his Tulane recruiting class of 2017.

Let’s hope head coach Willie Fritz has addressed his biggest need. That, of course, is the quarterback position.

Either a signal caller from last year’s roster or one of the new additions need to step up and provide the ingredients for winning football. History tells us that when Tulane University wins in football, the common thread is outstanding play from the most important position on the field.

On national signing day, Fritz was asked about inking just two recruits from the metro New Orleans area. Both were offensive linemen – Corey Dublin from Jesuit and Cameron Jackel from Archbishop Shaw.

Fritz did not dodge the question.

“We have to do a good job of showing the student athlete in the state we are going to provide a consistent winner if they come to school here,” said Fritz at his press conference.

Fritz also noted that “five winning seasons” in the last 35 years wasn’t good enough.

Actually, his math was a tad fuzzy.

Since 1981, Tulane has produced seven winning regular seasons.

The 1987 team finished 6-6 after losing to Washington in the Independence Bowl.

Tulane’s 2013 New Orleans Bowl team started Nick Montana for most of the year. Montana threw 14 touchdown passes withnine interceptions and completed 53 percent of his throws.

However, the three other Green Wavee bowl teams of the last 35 years were all quarterback driven.

The 1987 team was quarterbacked by Terrence Jones of Lutcher. Jones accounted for 9.445 yards of total offense in his Tulane career. He was a preseason Heisman candidate in 1988 and still holds the school record for most yards passing in a game, 388 versus TCU in 1986.

Eleven years later, senior Shaun King led Tulane to a 12-0 season. King holds the school record for 300 yard passing games with eight and also set a school record with 20 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.

King was a second round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tulane’s 2002 team won the Hawaii Bowl. JP Losman started all 13 games, throwing for 2,468 yards and 19 touchdowns before he was taken as a first rounder by the Buffalo Bills.

So, Fritz looks for help from several of his three QB’s in the class of 2017.

Junior quarterback Jonathan Banks, a junior college transfer, is enrolled for the spring semester. He accounted for 16 touchdowns in 2016 for Independence Community College in Kansas.

Another newcomer, freshman Dane Ledford, threw for 4,622 in his high school career at Argyle, Texas.

In 2016 at Creekside High School, signee Khalil McClain earned Georgia Class 5A all state honorable mention.

When spring ball begins Uptown, Fritz will continue his search for the answer at quarterback.

Whether it’s a newcomer or incumbent, history tells us when Tulane is winning in football, the quarterback is a pivotal part of success.

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