Junior Nick Montana named starter for season opener on Thursday against Jackson State
Senior kicker joined on publication's All-Conference USA squad by seven other football standouts
Green Wave focuses on short yardage, two-minute offense
New head coach Curtis Johnson discussed the Green Wave's preseason practice and outlook for 2012
Green Wave goes through 16 periods on Monday; Johnson pleased with first day
Career Notes: Four-year letterman has played in 46 games with 38 starts for his career...helped Tulane running backs surpass the 100-yard plateau a combined 14 times and Green Wave quarterbacks to throw for 300-plus yards on six occasions as a starter
2013: Started all 12 games he appeared in - 11 at center, 1 at left guard - as a senior...claimed honorable-mention All-Conference USA recognition after helping the team average 326.3 yards per contest (134.4 rushing, 191.8 passing) as a starter...helped the offense roll up season-high 482 yards, including a season-best 277 on the ground, vs UTEP (11/23)...blocked for a season-high 327 passing performance against South Alabama (9/7)...off the field, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2012: Did not play after suffering a preseason injury...recieved a medical redshirt...off the field, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2011: Played in all 13 games with 10 starts at right guard as a junior...helped the offense average 137.5 rushing and 196.2 passing yards per game as a starter...instrumental in the team rolling up a season-best 540 yards, including 262 on the ground, at UAB (9/17)...protected for a 355-yard passing day vs Syracuse (10/8)...instrumental in helping teammate Orleans Darkwa surpass the 100-yard rushing mark twice and Ryan Griffin throw for at least 300 yards once...off the field, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2010: Saw action in 11 games with seven starts right guard and two at left guard as a sophomore... as a starter, helped the Green Wave average 135.7 rushing and 250.9 passing yards per game...helped pave the way for a pair of 200-yard team rushing performances, including a season-best 270-yard effort vs SMU (10/30)...pass blocking helped the Wave throw for 300-plus yards twice, including a 446-yard performance at Tulsa (10/16) - the fourth-most yards through the air in team history...was instrumental in assisting teammate Orleans Darkwa set a Tulane freshman record with 925 rushing yards and surpass the 100-yard mark five times...off the field, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2009: Played in 10 games as a true freshman, including eight starts at right guard...earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team...in games he started, helped the team average 136.9 rushing yards and 217.5 passing yards per game...helped teammate André Anderson surpass the 100-yard rushing mark four times and was instrumental in him posting a 1,000-yard rushing season...made collegiate debut vs BYU (9/12) and first career start vs McNeese State (9/26).
High School: Four-year letterman at Sam Houston High where he played right guard, right tackle, left tackle, defensive tackle and nose guard for coach Russ Sutherland...named two-star recruit and the No. 64 recruit in Louisiana by Rivals.com...tabbed two-star recruit and the No. 24 center in the nation by Scout.com...helped the Broncos make the state playoffs all four years and was named first-team All-District 4-4A his final two season as a prepster...named first-team all-state and All-Southwest Louisiana as a senior after posting 69 pancake blocks...selected to play in the Sportsman's Paradise Bowl following his senior season...as a junior, named second-team all-state and first-team All-Southwest Louisiana after tallying 76 pancakes...off the field, was named Top 100 Junior in Calcasieu Parish and was nominated for Student of the Year for the 2008-09 academic year...also a member of the Beta Club where served as vice president as a junior and president as a senior, and was named Academic All-State.
Personal: Born Zachary James Morgan on March 19, 1991, in Kissimmee, Fla...son of Mark and Karen Davis and Kevin Morgan...has three sisters: Amanda and Jessica Davis, and Stephanie Morgan...majoring in legal studies.