Tulane seniors Ryan Grant (pictured) and Cairo Santos were each named to the All-Conference USA First Team for the second straight season.
Dec. 10, 2013
New Orleans - The Tulane foursome of senior receiver Ryan Grant, sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss, senior defensive end Julius Warmsley and senior kicker Cairo Santos have each been named to the 2013 All-Conference USA First Team, while freshman linebacker Nico Marley has been selected to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, as selected by the league's 14 head football coaches.
Tulane's four first-team selections are the most for the Green Wave since 1997 when TU had six players earn all-league first team honors. Along with Tulane's four first-teamers and Marley's selection to the all-freshman team, seven Green Wave players earned honorable mention all-league honors, including senior running back Orleans Darkwa, redshirt-junior offensive tackle Sean Donnelly, senior center Zach Morgan, graduate defensive tackle Chris Davenport, sophomore defensive end Royce LaFrance, sophomore cornerback Jordan Batiste and sophomore safety Darion Monroe.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant is a two-time All C-USA First Team selection after garnering the same honor a year ago during his junior campaign. This season, Grant has played in all 12 games with 11 starts and leads the team in catches (70), receiving yards (926), touchdown grabs (nine) and all-purpose yards (926) while sitting tied for second in points scored (54). His 70 catches and nine touchdown receptions in 2013 each rank tied for ninth in Tulane single-season history.
Grant ranks third in C- USA in receptions per game (5.8), fourth in receiving yards per game (77.2), 20th in all-purpose yards per game (77.17) and tied for 22nd in points per game (4.5). Grant had career highs with 14 catches (fourth-most in Tulane history) and 187 yards (10th-most in Tulane history) and a pair of touchdowns vs. Jackson State on Sept. 7.
Along with picking up all-conference first team accolades, Grant has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
A native New Orleanian who prepped at St. Augustine High School, Doss is a first time selection to the All C-USA First Team after earning C-USA All-Freshman Team honors during his rookie season a year ago. This season, Doss has started all 12 games and leads the team in interceptions (seven) while sitting third in pass break-ups (nine), 10th with 32 tackles (23 solo) to go with 1.5 tackles for loss and has one fumble recovery.
His seven interceptions ranks sixth in Tulane single-season history and his 26.4 yards per interception return sits seventh. Doss leads C-USA in interceptions per game (0.6) and is tied for second in passes defended per game (1.3). He ranks tied for second in the NCAA in interceptions per game and tied for 13th in passes defended per contest.
Doss was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week and Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week after he picked off two passes, including one returned 59 yards for a touchdown, to go with three tackles (two solo) against North Texas on Oct. 5. He also returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and had a fumble recovery and return of 31 yards while posting four tackles at FAU on Nov. 2.
Warmsley hails from Baton Rouge and is also a first time member of the all-league first team. He has been a force this season and is one reason why Tulane's defense is ranked 26th nationally in total defense and 16th in the country against the rush.
This season, he has started all 12 games - nine at tackle, three at end - and leads the team in tackles for loss (15.5) while sitting tied for second in forced fumbles (two), third in sacks (4.0), tied for seventh in pass break-ups (two) and ninth with 42 tackles (27 solo).
Warmsley ranks second in C-USA in tackles for loss per game (1.29) and tied for 19th in sacks per outing (0.33), and sits 24th in the NCAA in tackles for loss per game. He tallied a career-best nine tackles (three solo) with a tackle for loss at Rice on Nov. 30.
Santos is a repeat performer after earning All C-USA First Team honors a year ago during his junior campaign. A native of Brasilia, Brazil, he has played in all 12 games and leads the team with 83 points after connecting on 16-of-22 field goals, including two game-winners against East Carolina and North Texas, and all 35 PATs. He also handles kickoff duties and has 58 kickoffs for 3,735 yards (64.4 avg) and 44 touchbacks. Santos has only allowed 12 returns this season.
His perfect PAT percentage in 2013 is tied for the Tulane single-season record while his field goals made and field goal attempts are tied for fourth and his PATs made and PAT attempts sits tied for seventh. Santos shares the conference lead in PAT percentage (1.000) while sitting second in field goals made per game (1.30), third in field goal percentage (.727) and fifth in points per game (6.9).
Santos was named the C-USA and Louisiana Special Teams Player of the Week, a Lou Groza Star of the Week and the College Football Performance Award National Placekicker of the Week after scoring a career-high 18 points courtesy of a Tulane-record five field goals and three PATs while kicking off six times for 390 yards (65.0 avg) with five touchbacks vs. East Carolina on Oct. 12. He also claimed C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors after hitting a 39-yard field goal and all six PATs while kicking off seven times for 455 yards (65.0 avg) with six touchbacks vs. UTEP on Nov. 23.
Marley hails from Weston, Fla., and is the first Tulane linebacker to be tabbed to the all-league rookie team since Shakiel Smith in 2009. This season, Marley has played in all 12 games with 11 starts at weak-side linebacker as a true freshman and shares the team lead in fumble recoveries (two) while sitting third with 59 tackles (31 solo), tied for third in tackles for loss (8.0), is seventh in sacks (2.0) and tied for seventh in pass break-ups (two) and has one interception and one forced fumble.
He ranks tied for 13th in C-USA in fumble recoveries per game (0.17) and 50th in tackles per outing (4.9). Marley tallied a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo) with a sack among 2.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery at Rice on Nov. 30. He recorded eight tackles (three solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12.
Marley also logged seven stops against South Alabama (five solo with a fumble recovery, an interception and a half tackle for loss) on Sept. 7 and at FAU (seven assists with a half tackle for loss) on Nov. 2.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Darkwa was a second-team All C-USA performer as a freshman and sophomore, but suffered through an injury-plagued season a year ago as a junior. He has started all 12 games at tailback this season and leads the team in rushing attempts (172), rushing yards (780) and rushing touchdowns (nine) while sitting second in all-purpose yards (837) and yards of total offense (780), tied for second in points scored (54), eighth in catches (eight) and 10th in receiving yards (57).
His nine rushing touchdowns in 2013 ranks tied for eighth in Tulane single season history. Darkwa also ranks 13th in C- USA in rushing yards per game (65.0), tied for 22nd in points per game (4.5) and 25th in yards of total offense per game (65.0)
He rushed for 100-plus yards on three occasions, including 118 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries at ULM on Sept. 28, 103 yards and a score on 20 carries at UTSA on Nov. 9, and a season-best 137 yards and a touchdown on 17 totes vs. UTEP on Nov. 23
Donnelly, who hails from Pelham, N.Y., has played in 11 games with 10 starts at right tackle in 2013, helping the team average 294.8 yards per contest as a starter (137.1 rushing, 157.7 passing). He assisted the offense in rolling up season-high 482 yards, including a season-best 277 on the ground, vs. UTEP on Nov. 23, while the Wave's best passing day with him in the starting line-up was a 235-yard effort at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12.
Morgan hails from Lake Charles and returned to the starting line-up this season after missing last year with an injury. He has started all 11 games he has appeared in this season - 10 at center, one at left guard - and has helped the team average 320.6 yards per contest (137.4 rushing, 183.3 passing). He led the offense to a season-high 482 yards, including a season-best 277 on the ground, vs. UTEP on Nov. 23 and blocked for a season-high 327 passing performance against South Alabama on Sept. 7.
In his lone season in a Green Wave uniform after transferring to Tulane from LSU, Davenport has started all 11 games he played in in 2013 - eight at nose tackle, three at defensive end - and ranks tied for seventh on the team in pass break-ups (two), tied for eighth in sacks (1.5) and tied for 10th in tackles for loss (4.5) to go with 18 tackles (eight solo).
A Mansfield native, he posted a career-high four tackles (two solo), including a half tackle for loss, at Rice on Nov. 30, and logged three tackles on three occasions, including at Syracuse (all solo) on Sept. 21, vs. North Texas (one solo with a half tackle for loss and a pass breakup) on Oct. 5, and vs. East Carolina (all assist with a half tackle for loss) on Oct. 12.
LaFrance is a New Orleans native, who prepped at Helen Cox High School. This season, he has played in all 12 games with 10 starts and leads the team in sacks (6.5) while sitting second in tackles for loss (10.0), and tied for seventh in pass break-ups (two) to go with 26 tackles (18 solo) and has one fumble recovery.
LaFrance ranks tied for third in C-USA in sacks per game (0.54) and 13th in tackles for loss per outing (0.83). He tied a career-high with four tackles on two occasions, including against Jackson State (three solo with 1.5 tackles for loss) on Aug. 29 and at Rice (three solo with a career-best 1.5 sacks) on Nov. 30.
A native of Gramercy, who prepped at Lutcher High School, Batiste has played in 11 games with four starts in the secondary in 2013 and leads the team in forced fumbles (four) while sitting second in sacks (5.0), and pass breakups (eight), sixth with 49 tackles (29 solo), tied for seventh in tackles for loss (6.0) and has one fumble recovery and one interception.
Batiste leads C-USA in forced fumbles per game (0.36) and is tied for 11th in sacks per game (0.45) and tied for 18th in passes defended per game (0.82). His numbers place him eighth in the NCAA in forced fumbles per contest.
Batiste was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after posting a career-high eight tackles (six solo), a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and a pass break-up at ULM on Sept. 28. Batiste also had eight tackles (three solo) with a sack among 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery at Rice on Nov. 30.
Monroe, who hails from Reserve and prepped at East St. John High School, earned All C-USA Freshman Team honors a year ago. This season, he has started all 12 games at free safety and shares the team lead in fumble recoveries (two) and blocked kicks with one, while sitting second with 83 tackles (52 solo). He also has six punt returns for 38 yards. He is tied for fourth in tackles for loss (8.0), tied for fifth in sacks (3.5) and has one interception, one forced fumble and a kickoff returns. He ranks sixth in pass break-ups (six) and kick return yards (20). Monroe ranks tied for 14th in C-USA in tackles per game (6.9)
He has posted double-digit tackle totals on three occasions, including a career-high tying 13 stops (five solo) to go with a pass break-up and a half tackle for loss at FAU on Nov. 2 and adding a 10-tackle performances vs. East Carolina (nine solo with a sack among 2.0 tackles for loss) on Oct. 12 and at Rice (three solo with 1.5 sacks among 2.0 tackles for loss) on Nov. 30. Monroe pulled down his first career interception and recorded three solo tackles and a pass break-up vs. Tulsa on Oct. 26.
The league's individual awards will be released Wednesday, December 11. Conference USA will conclude the 2013 season by sending six teams to bowl games.
Tulane will conclude its season against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN and will also be aired around the country on ESPN Radio and locally on WMTI FM 106.1 "The Ticket."
Tickets for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl are $40 and $60 each and will be located on the west side of the Superdome behind the Tulane bench. The first 1,000 fans to purchase their tickets will receive a commemorative bowl T-shirt and a ticket to the men's basketball game on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
Please contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office, which is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
2013 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
QB - Shane Carden, East Carolina, Jr.
RB - Charles Ross, Rice, Sr.
RB - Trey Watts, Tulsa, Sr.
OL - Stetson Burnett, Tulsa, Sr.
OL - Chris Jasperse, Marshall, Jr.
OL - Cyril Lemon, North Texas, Jr.
OL - Nate Richards, Rice, Sr.
OL - Will Simmons, East Carolina, Sr.
TE - Gator Hoskins, Marshall, Sr.
WR - Justin Hardy, East Carolina, Jr.
WR - Ryan Grant, Tulane, Sr.
WR - Tommy Shuler, Marshall, Jr.
DL - Christian Covington, Rice, So.
DL - Cory Henry, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
DL - IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
DL - James Rouse, Marshall, Sr.
DL - Julius Warmsley, Tulane, Sr.
LB - T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee, So.
LB - Shawn Jackson, Tulsa, Sr.
LB - Zach Orr, North Texas, Sr.
DB - Lorenzo Doss, Tulane, So.
DB - Phillip Gaines, Rice, Sr.
DB - D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
DB - Marcus Trice, North Texas, Sr.
K - Cairo Santos, Tulane, Sr.
P - Hunter Mullins, UAB, Jr.
KR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
PR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
LS - Trevor Gillette, Rice, Sr.
QB - Rakeem Cato, Marshall, Jr.
RB - Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina, Jr.
RB - Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech, So.
OL - Jordan Davis, East Carolina, Sr.
OL - Garrett Scott, Marshall, Sr.
OL - Clint Van Horn, Marshall, So.
OL - Josh Walker, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
OL - Mason Y'Barbo, North Texas, Jr.
OL - Scott Inskeep, UTSA, Jr.
TE - Turner Petersen, Rice, Sr.
WR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
WR - Jamarcus Nelson, UAB, Jr.
WR - Jordan Taylor, Rice, Jr.
DL - Aaron Bellazin, North Texas, Sr.
DL - Greg Hickman, FIU, Sr.
DL - Lee Pegues, East Carolina, Sr.
DL - Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss, Sr.
LB - Jermaine Holmes, Marshall, Jr.
LB - Derrell Johnson, East Carolina, Sr.
LB - Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
LB - Michael Kutzler, Rice, Sr.
DB - Bryce Callahan, Rice, Jr.
DB - Damon Magazu, East Carolina, Sr.
DB - Michael Mudoh, Tulsa, So.
DB - Triston Wade, UTSA, Jr.
K - Chris Boswell, Rice, Sr.
P - Sean Kelly, Florida Atlantic, So.
KR - Autrey Golden, UTEP, So.
PR - Devon Smith, Marshall, Sr.
LS - Josh Cuthbert, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
2013 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
QB - Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
RB - Jordan Howard, UAB
RB - Aaron Jones, UTEP
OL - Jordan Budwig, FIU
OL - Josh Chester, Middle Tennessee
OL - Dylan Foxworth, Tulsa
OL - Kaydon Kirby, North Texas
OL - Michael Selby, Marshall
OL - Cameron Tom, Southern Miss
TE - Jonnu Smith, FIU
WR - Isaiah Jones, East Carolina
WR - Tyre'oune Holmes, Southern Miss
DL - Codie Brooks, UTSA
DL - Jimal McBride, Middle Tennessee
DL - Demetri McGill, East Carolina
DL - Gary Thompson, Marshall
LB - Stefan Houston, Marshall
LB - Nico Marley, Tulane
LB - Dayon Pratt, East Carolina
DB - A.J. Leggett, Marshall
DB - Corey Tindal, Marshall
DB - Darnell Walker, Tulsa
DB - Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech
K - Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
P - Blake Macek, North Texas
KR - Tevin King, Louisiana Tech