The Tulane football team is down two backup running backs for the fall.
A source confirmed Monday that Nigel Anderson, a former East St. John standout, has been dismissed from the team for unspecified reasons before playing in a game for the Green Wave.
Also, February signee A.J. Walker, a two-star prospect from Pinson, Alabama, recently announced he was re-opening his recruitment.
Neither of them is listed on Tulane’s official roster.
Anderson rushed for 1,513 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2014 and was one of the two highest-rated recruits (three stars) in former Tulane coach Curtis Johnson’s 2015 signing class along with offensive lineman Leeward Brown of Miramar, Florida. But after getting flagged by the NCAA Clearinghouse, Anderson was not ruled academically eligible until the second week of preseason drills, ultimately taking a redshirt year at the deepest spot on the roster.
Although he was held out of spring practice by new coach Willie Fritz, Anderson was expected to return in the fall. That no longer is the case, and he would have faced an uphill battle earning playing time anyway.
Fritz praised the four-headed backfield of juniors Dontrell Hilliard and Sherman Badie and seniors Lazedrick Thompson and Josh Rounds as a team strength at the end of spring drills, adding that it was a group that could help Tulane win. The foursome combined for 1,325 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Incoming freshman Miles Strickland of Madison, Alabama, will give the Wave a fifth scholarship running back.
Attrition because of the transition in coaching staffs has left Tulane with 79 scholarship players, six below the NCAA maximum.