Seeing his team back on the practice field for the first time since February was a welcome sight for Tulane coach Curtis Johnson.
However, one face may have been more welcome than the rest.
Fewer than four months after being booked on one count of simple rape, Niguel “Teddy” Veal participated in the Green Wave’s first practice of 2014 fall camp. Tulane officials confirmed that the Orleans Parish District Attorney refused to pursue the case, freeing Veal of any internal consequence and immediately lifted his team-imposed suspension.
“Niguel Q. ‘Teddy’ Veal, a Tulane University freshman from Harvey, La., is a student in good standing at the university and is eligible to return to the football team,” Tulane University wrote in an official statement.
Veal, a true freshman wide receiver, was an early-enrollee who joined the Green Wave after graduating early from West Jefferson High School. He participated in spring practice but his future with the program became unclear after the arrest.
However, he never stopped attending school, so his reinstatement into the program was seamless, allowing him to participate in practice at the New Orleans Saints facility on Monday.
Meanwhile, ??Tulane officials confirmed to The Advocate that wide receiver Kedrick Banks is no longer with the program.
The former McDonough 35 standout withdrew from the program on Monday.
Banks redshirted as a freshman 2012, before playing in 11 games last season at wide receiver. The speedy target was used often on the perimeter, hauling in 19 receptions for 118 yards last season.
He was listed as No. 2 on the Z-receiver depth chart coming out of spring practice, behind senior Xavier Rush.