Tulane Football: Could a Freshman Start at QB in 2016?


The quarterback competition for the upcoming 2016 Tulane Green Wave football should be very competitive, as the team looks to replace former 2-year starter Tanner Lee.

Last year it was Lee who took most of the snaps behind center, but he transferred to Nebraska in the off season — essentially leaving an opportunity pretty much for anyone and everyone to compete for the starting job.

The Green Wave will take on a very different look in 2016. With a new coach, comes a new system. The quarterback that will lead the Greenies will be asked to do plenty, as the offense will run a version of the “pistol” offense that was used previously at Sam Houston St. under new coach Willie Fritz.

Fritz is known for customizing his team, so that it can use its strengths to win ball games. This has proved very lucrative for Navy in recent years, and can provide some consistency at offense at Tulane.

Tulane has struggled to put up points in the last few years. Furthermore, Tulane was 121st in offense last year; which leaves plenty of room for improvement.

Let’s look at the two freshman first who enter Tulane this year:

Darius Bradwell will be a very interesting kid to watch. Bradwell comes out of Godby High School from Tallahasee, Fl. He stands at 6-foot-1 216 lbs and can run a 4.5 4o yard dash. Bradwell averaged nearly 1,000 yards each season on the ground. While Bradwell needs work on his passing ability, there’s no doubt that he is lightning fast at carrying the ball.

Tulane freshman and former Talahassee Godby High School QB Darius Bradwell. Photo courtesy of Godby High School Athletic Department

Bradwell can come change the Tulane dynamic immediately being a dual threat quarterback. Bradwell decided to follow Coach Fritz from Georgia Southern once Fritz got the job at Tulane. Bradwell had teams like Louisville and Wisconsin pursuing him as well, with over 10 schools trying to recruit him.

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Bradwell also decided to enroll early at Tulane and will take Summer classes so he can fully study the playbook. I wouldn’t be suprised if he was named the starter by opening day.

Jonathan Brantley is the other incoming freshman coming into Tulane this year from Houston, TX. Brantley stands at 6-foot-2 183 lbs. Brantley is also a viable option to help the Green Wave get the ball moving by running and passing.

In his high school career, he threw for 55 touchdowns with 20 interceptions. Add that with 2,159 yards and 32 TDs and you’ve got another guy that can do both. Brantley was recruited by McNeese St and Louisiana Monroe.

His chances are not as high to start immediately but anything is possible with the new system brought in by Willie Fritz.

New Tulane head coach Willie Fritz (photo courtesy of sportsnola.com)

Brantley is the better quarterback by air but not as elusive as Darius Bradwell. Tulane may look to insert two quarterbacks early on. Brantley could also benefit from adding some weight as well.

Regardless of who plays quarterback, Tulane will have two new freshman to add to an experienced group.

Other players that will no doubt compete for the starting job like NOLA native and returning senior (and Lee’s former back-up) QB Devin Powell, as well as Glen Cuilette from Madisonville, La.; and of course there’s returning junior Dylan Richman as well as sophomore and River Ridge native Desmond McGovern …..