Tulane’s Walker “Fudge” Van Hooser will not be cleared to compete for the football team, a source close to the situation said Monday.
Van Hooser, who signed with Tulane in 2012, was unable to play in a game during his three years with the program because of lingering injury issues. Several surgeries and prolonged rehab stints were unable to correct a torn labrum in his right hip, which impinged bone from the femur and caused sciatic nerve damage, the source said.
A spokesman from Tulane declined comment about Van Hooser’s status.
The three-star recruit was the first commitment of his signing class, choosing Tulane in his junior year at Trinity High in Montgomery, Alabama. His brother, Wilson, played receiver for four years with the Green Wave before transferring to Troy as a redshirt senior and participating in training camp with the New England Patriots.
Walker Van Hooser, a 6-foot-1, 182-pounder, relied on his speed. He set school records in the 100 meters (10.80 seconds) and 200 meters (22.25) and ran the fastest combine time at the U.S Army All-American Bowl combine in 2011 (a 4.37-second 40-yard dash).
There is a possibility Van Hooser still could compete on the track team this spring.
On the football field, he was flipped from wide receiver to defensive back several times, including during this year’s spring practice. Although he was able to begin preseason camp as a cornerback in August, his appearance was short-lived. A week into the session, Van Hooser was sidelined again. A week later, the source said he was told by university doctors he could no longer compete in football.