The Green Wave lost 33-17 to the Memphis Tigers on October 22nd, 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
2011: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman...primarily saw action on special teams but did serve as a back-up tight end...hauled in lone pass of the year with a 38-yard grab vs Memphis (10/22)...returned a pair of squib kickoffs for six yards vs Houston (11/10)...off the field, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Thomas More High for coach Jim Hightower...rated a three-star recruit, received a scout grade of 75 and ranked the No. 64 tight end in the nation by ESPN.com...named three-star recruit by Rivals.com and a two-star player by Scout.com...helped lead the Cougars to a combined 28-9 record with three straight trips to the state playoffs, including District 4-5A titles his final two prep seasons and a trip to the state semifinals as a senior...named first-team all-district in each of his last two years as a prepster...as a senior, caught 27 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns en route to earning first-team all-state and All-Acadiana honors...that year, he earned the Eraste Autin Fighting Heart Award based on a vote of his teammates...as a junior, hauled in six passes for 35 yards...also lettered three years in basketball...off the field, was a member of National Honor Society and Student Council...served as an HOBY Leadership Ambassador as was honored as an all-state academic composite letterman...also earned the Rotary Club Award and U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Award.
Personal: Born Evan Shelby Tatford on July 31, 1992, in Lafayette, La...son of Leander and Doris Tatford...has three brothers: Regan, Jefferies and Byrnes...father, Leander, played college football at then-Southwestern Louisiana while brothers Regan, Jefferies and Byrnes played football at Army, baseball for Louisiana-Lafayette and football for Louisiana-Monroe, respectively...brother, Jefferies, played professionally in the New York Mets organization...undecided on major.