Tulane gave up 52 points vs. Tulsa, 42 vs. Houston, and 41 vs. Army -- all losses for the Green Wave -- but they also own a road win at Rutgers (17-14) and played respectably in dropping a 27-13 decision to Ole Miss.
To slow down Tulane's offense, you have to neutralize two exceptional receivers in Casey Robottom and D.J. Banks. The tandem has combined for 78 catches, which is almost half of the team total of 157.
Robottom, a senior who prepped at St. Charles Catholic, was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after exploding for 10 catches and 151 yards with two TDs against UTEP. A precise route-runner with great hands, Robottom leads the team with 48 receptions.
Banks is a 5-foot-9, 175-pounder who first made a name for himself as a ball-hawking defensive back during his ninth-grade season at St. Frederick HS (Monroe, La.)
Banks eventually transferred to national powerhouse West Monroe HS, where he was a dual-threat quarterback for the Rebels. He is Tulane's second-leading receiver, with 30 catches for 269 yards and a TD. Banks also gets an occasional carry (13-52).
Freshman Devin Figaro has the size (6-2, 200) and strength to be an all-conference player in the future. Figaro only has five catches, but he flashed serious potential in the Houston game (4-95, 1 TD).
Ryan Griffin, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from California, won the starting job halfway through the 2009 season. He's thrown for 1,324 yards with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Most notably, Griffin amassed 412 yards passing two weeks ago vs. Tulsa. He's been sacked 17 times.
Four out of five starters returned on the interior offensive line this year for Tulane, including standout center Andrew Nierman. A graduate of nearby John Curtis Christian, Nierman is a compact (6-1, 302) player who gained Internet notoriety in high school after film surfaced of him pancaking (current LSU DL) Drake Nevis in a scrimmage.
DT Justin Adams makes up for any size deficiencies (5-foot-11, 255 pounds) with his intensity. Adams leads the team in both sacks (6) and tackles for loss (10).