Green Wave set to return 23 lettermen which started games in 2014, including four of five offensive linemen
Tyler Gilbert posts 4.0 tackles for loss and Lorenzo Doss picks off a pass in the loss
Second half comeback cut short in final minutes
Green Wave tally 4.0 sacks among 10.0 tackles for loss, three turnovers and a safety in the victory
Sherman Badie's 108 Rush yards, including an 86-yard touchdown run highlighted the Green Wave's afternoon.
Photos By Parker Waters
Tulane at Rutgers - Sept. 27, 2014 - High Point Solutions Stadium
Tulane vs. UTEP - Nov. 23, 2013 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tulane vs. Tulsa - Oct. 26, 2013 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Career Notes: Three-year letterman has 219 punts for 8,780 yards (40.1 avg.), forcing 57 fair catches, pinning opponents inside the 20 on 46 occasions and recording 10 touchbacks while holding for 39 field goal attempts and 62 PATs to go with three solo tackles in 37 career games…in Tulane career history, ranks second in punting yards (8,780), second in punt attempts (219)…holds Green Wave single-season record for punts (80 in 2013) and punting yards (3,316 in 2013) while also tying for fifth in punt attempts (71 in 2014) and ranking ninth in punting yards (2,789 in 2012)…will open fall practice atop the depth chart at punter and holder.
2014: Played in 12 games as a junior…totaled 71 punts for 2,675 yards (37.7 avg.) with a long of 61, three touch backs, 22 fair catches, three punts of 50 yards or more and 18 inside the 20 while recording five kickoffs for 277 yards (55.4 avg.) with one touchback…also totaled two solo tackles on special teams…was the only player to record a punt for Tulane on the season…ranked 10th in The American…averaged a season-best 47.2 yards with four punts for 189 yards with a season-long of 61 at UCF (10/18)…tied a career-high with 10 punts for a season-best 376 yards, forcing five fair catches and downing one inside the 20 vs Memphis (11/15)…had eight punts for 314 yards and a long of 54 and three punts downed inside the 20 at Rutgers (9/27)…posted eight punts for 285 yards and a long of 44 with two fair catches vs Temple (12/6)…logged seven punts three times: for 247 yards with three downed inside the 20 vs UConn (10/11); for 287 yards with three inside the 20 vs Cincinnati (10/31); and for 267 yards with four fair catches and two inside the 20 at East Carolina (11/22)…punted five times on three occasions: for 165 yards at Tulsa (8/28); for 175 yards vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/13); and for 189 yards at Duke (9/20)…added four punts twice: for 189 yards at UCF (10/18) and for 154 yards at Houston (11/8).
2013: Saw action in all 13 games as a sophomore...named second-team All-Louisiana after punting 80 times for 3,316 yards (41.5 avg), pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line 23 times and booming 12 punts of 50-plus yards while holding for all 23 field goal tries and all 38 PATs...ranked seventh in Conference USA and 54th in the nation in yards per punt...tallied a season-high eight punts three times: for 337 yards - including a career-high tying four inside the 20-yard line - vs Tulsa (10/26), for 310 yards at FAU (11/2) and for 327 yards at Rice (11/30)...tallied a season-best 339 yards on seven punts for a career-high 48.4 average courtesy of four boots of 50-plus yards and a season-long 62-yarder vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (12/21)...averaged 40.0-plus yards per punt in nine games...added seven punt performances on three other occasions: for 271 yards (38.7 avg) at Louisiana Tech (9/12), for 290 yards at ULM (9/28) and for 263 yards vs North Texas (10/5)...had six punts twice: for 241 yards vs South Alabama (9/7) and for 259 yards vs East Carolina (10/12).
2012: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman...led the team in punts (68) and punting yards (2,789) with eight boots of 50-plus yards, dropping 16 inside opponents' 20-yard line and forcing 13 fair catches...ranked seventh in Conference USA and 52nd nationally in punt yardage per game (41.25)...posted career highs with 10 punts, 403 punting yards, four downed inside the opponent 20 and a pair of 50-yard punts - including a career-long 70-yard boot - at Tulsa (9/8)...averaged 40.0-plus yards per punt nine times, including a season-best 47.2 yards on four punts vs Rice (11/3)...punted nine times for 371 yards with a 62-yard punt and three fair catches vs ULM (9/29)...had eight punts twice: for 322 yards at Louisiana-Lafayete (10/6) and for 339 yards at Houston (11/24).
High School: Three-year letterman at LaSalle Academy for coach Geoff Marcone...rated a four-and-a-half star recruit by ChrisSailerKicking.com and a four-star recruit by KohlsKicking.com while claiming the No. 12 punting recruit nationally by TopRecruitKicking.com...helped lead the Rams to a combined 24-10 record with state semifinal appearances as a sophomore and junior, and a state runner-up showing as a senior...earned first-team All-Division I honors as a prepster and claimed first-team all-state recognition as a junior and senior...for his career, punted 122 times for 4,638 yards (38.0 avg.) with a long of 60 and 33 downed inside the 20-yard line while scoring a combined 90 points after connecting on 66 PATs and eight field goals...as a senior, punted 30 times for 1,299 yards (43.3 avg.) with a long of 55 and 11 downed inside the 20 while hitting 35 PATs and a pair of field goals, and was selected to participate in the Rhode Island Governor's Cup All-Star Game...punted 58 times for 2,237 yards (38.6 avg.) and 13 downed inside the 20 to go with 14 PATs and two field goals as a junior...as a sophomore, tallied 34 punts for 1,102 yards (32.4 avg.) and nine downed inside the 20 while nailing 17 PATs and four field goals...also lettered twice in baseball...off the field, was a member of the Honor Roll and Best Buddies Rhode Island, a volunteer organization which works with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Personal: Born Peter Anthony Picerelli on Feb. 3, 1994, in Providence, R.I...son of Robert and the late Marilyn Picerelli...has one brother, Jimmy...mother, Marilyn, played tennis and ran track at the University of Rhode Island and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame...majoring in finance.
Picerelli's Career Punting Statistics