The plan, though, is still for Lee to get the nod. He was pulled from Tulane’s 38-21 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday in the second half for what coach Curtis Johnson alternately termed a “heat-related” issue and getting “dinged.”
“Hopefully he’ll be able to practice tomorrow,” Johnson said. “We think he will. He’s got something about the heat, but I think he’ll be fine. I know he got dinged, but I didn’t see concussion on the report, so it wasn’t any of that.”
Johnson added that Lee he took two hard hits, both of which Tulane submitted to the American Athletic Conference for review.
“The ref (conference official) said both of them should have been called unnecessary roughness,” Johnson said. “But we didn’t get the calls.”
Lee, a redshirt freshman from Jesuit, had a strong debut against Tulsa, in Tulane’s season opener, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdown passes in a 38-31 double-overtime loss. He threw two more scoring tosses against Georgia Tech, including a 61-yarder to Xavier Rush that gave Tulane a 21-14 lead with 9:38 left in the second quarter, but he also tossed three interceptions.
After being pulled, Lee went to the locker room for an examination before returning to the field.
Powell, a redshirt sophomore, played the rest of the way and did not produce any points in the Green Wave’s 38-21 loss, going 4 of 11 for 58 yards and scrambling once for seven yards.
If Powell starts against Southeastern Louisiana, the playbook will not change.
“We are pretty much doing the same stuff,” Johnson said. “Devin’s doing a good job. He had a good practice. He understands what we’re doing.”
Two other players who exited the Georgia Tech game practiced Tuesday --redshirt freshman running back Sherman Badie, who was pulled after three carries due to heat issues, and safety Darion Monroe, who was left woozy when he took a nasty shot on a block in the fourth quarter.
Johnson said Badie, who rushed for 215 yards against Tulsa, was nauseous before Saturday’s game and got worse in the intense heat.
“Sherman was fine today,” he said. “He ran like a deer just now. I didn’t think (Monroe) was going to go today. He was the one I was most concerned about.”