Already short on wide receivers, Tulane is losing two more.
A source confirmed Friday that junior-to-be Teddy Veal and fifth-year senior Devon Breaux will not return to the football team this spring under new coach Willie Fritz.
Veal is expected to transfer to Southern Miss, one of four schools he seriously considered out of West Jefferson High along with Ole Miss and Western Kentucky. He led the Green Wave with 48 receptions for 644 yards and five touchdowns this season, including a 90-yard score in a win at Army. He also had a team-high 40 receptions as a true freshman in 2014.
As he has not redshirted, Veal would have two years of eligibility left starting in 2017 after sitting out a transfer season.
Breaux will stay at Tulane but focus on track and field. An excellent jumper with raw football skills, he had 25 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns while starting eight games in 2015 after coming into the year with 15 career receptions.
Breaux won the long jump at the 2015 American Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships and is the first male athlete in Tulane history to compete in three consecutive NCAA regionals. He advanced to the NCAA championships last spring, earning honorable mention All-America status.
Tulane had only six scholarship receivers on the roster this season, and one of them, Larry Dace, was a walk-on put on scholarship before the start of the season.
Along with Dace, a fifth-year senior, the remaining wideouts are third-year sophomore Terren Encalade and true sophomores Ricky Preston and Andrew Hicks. Those four players combined for 25 catches.
The status of Leondre James, who started four games as a true freshman in 2014 but was suspended for 2015, and Darius Williams, who signed last February but did not qualify academically, remains unclear. Both were expected to return in the spring under former coach Curtis Johnson.
Fritz’s offense threw only 10 times per game at Georgia Southern this season, but he has said his approach will be a little more balanced at Tulane and he would adjust his scheme to his personnel. The Wave has commitments from two wideouts — Chris Johnson of Scotlandville and Jacq’co Price of Crowley.