Tulane’s Lee, Breaux, Veal to transfer

Chandler Daddario, Associate Sports Editor

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tanner Lee, who was recruited with high expectations, has decided to transfer in 2016.

On Jan. 7, 2016 Lee tweeted that he was granted release from Tulane University. Through two seasons Lee started 19 games, throwing 3,601 yards and completing 53.45 percent of his passes. He threw 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions for the Wave.

When Tulane announced the firing of Coach Johnson after a 45-34 loss to Tulsa on Nov. 27, Willie Fritz from Georgia Southern was hired Dec. 11.

Coach Fritz is bringing an option-style offense to the Green Wave as he has done with schools he’s coached in the past, which is an offensive approach Tulane fans have not witnessed. Lee is known for his pocket passing efficiency and not his mobility outside the tackle box. The Green Wave already has some dual threat quarterbacks on the roster such as redshirt junior quarterback Devin Powell. As well, with the new Tallahassee, Florida native and dual threat quarterback Darius Bradwell showing high levels of interest in playing at Tulane, Lee noticed the chances of him starting next season diminishing.

“[It was] the hardest decision I’ve made thus far in my life,” Lee tweeted. “I want to wish Mr. Dannen, Coach Fritz and his staff the best of the luck in the future. [The] Green Wave Nation is in great hands.”

A couple days after Tanner Lee’s decision to part with the Wave was announced, redshirt junior wide receiver Devon Breaux and sophomore wide receiver Teddy Veal released statements regarding their decisions on their future football careers.

Both Breaux and Veal expressed their gratitude to the university but decided to hang up their Tulane jerseys and end their football careers with the Wave. 

Breaux will pursue a track and field career after a very successful season for both sports. He won the American Athletic Conference long jump last spring and managed to complete an impressive football season with 25 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns. He was also one of Tanner Lee’s main wide receivers throughout the season.

Veal asked for and was granted release from Tulane University so he could take his talents elsewhere next season.

Veal led the team with 48 receptions for 644 yards and five touchdowns. Much of Veal’s success could be attributed to the tremendous chemistry on the field between Veal and Lee. He was a very valuable player to the Green Wave in 2015 and will certainly be missed next season under the helm of Coach Fritz.

Lee and Veal have not decided where they will be transferring for the 2016 football season.