Oct. 15, 2012
New Orleans - Tulane senior quarterback Ryan Griffin has been named the College Sports Madness Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in leading Tulane to a 27-26 come-from-behind victory over C-USA rival SMU at home this past week.
Griffin returned from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for three games and completed 17-of-32 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns, including a 16-yard score to sophomore running back Rob Kelley with 35 seconds remaining, to lead Tulane to its 27-26 Conference USA win over SMU last Saturday at the Superdome.
Following a blocked field goal by Tulane junior defensive end Julius Warmsley, Griffin took the field and immediately found redshirt-freshman receiver Marc Edwards wide open down the middle for a 79-yard touchdown. It was the longest pass play of Griffin's career and the longest by Tulane since 2004. Griffin's first touchdown came on the opening drive when he found Kelley for a 31-yard scoring strike.
Three other Green Wave players have also been honored as senior Eric Jones and the junior duo of Ryan Grant and Zach Davis were named to Phil Steele's 2012 Mid-season All-Conference USA teams.
Jones, a right offensive tackle from Hoover, Ala., who was named to the third team, has started all six games this season and has started 29 of 36 career contests. In last week's win over SMU, Jones anchored an offensive line that helped pave the way for Griffin's 302-yard and three-touchdown passing day.
In his first season as a regular starter, Davis was a second team selection. He has started five of six games at middle linebacker and ranks second on the squad for tackles with 41 (28 solo) and is tied for third for tackles for loss with 3.0 and has two sacks. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native also has one interception and a pass break-up on the year. Davis' best game was against ULM with a 12 tackles and an interception.