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: Three-year letterman has played in 34 games with 27 starts for his career...helped Tulane running backs surpass the 100-yard plateau a combined 11 times and Green Wave quarterbacks to throw for 300-plus yards on five occasions...is expected to make the successful transition from guard to center for the 2012 season and enters preseason practice atop the depth chart at his new position.
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.