Spurned by one graduate transfer offensive lineman, Tulane has found a replacement.
The school confirmed Wednesday morning that Noah Fisher, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle who started 25 consecutive games at South Alabama, will play his final season for the Green Wave. Fisher will fill the void created when South Lafourche alum Bailey Granier backtracked on a decision to transfer to Tulane from Vanderbilt and enrolled at Central Florida earlier this month.
Fisher, a former two-star recruit from Decatur (Georgia) High, started 12 games at right tackle for South Alabama in 2016 before switching to the left side last season. He was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2017 as chosen by the league’s coaches and media.
Tulane had an opening on the offensive line when two-year starting center Junior Diaz graduated and announced he was returning to his home state of Florida to play as a grad transfer for Florida Atlantic.
Jesuit graduate Corey Dublin, who started every game at left guard as a true freshman last fall, moved to center in spring practice. Granier was slated to compete for the spot Dublin vacated.
Whether Fisher, who redshirted in 2014 and started twice in 2015, plays his customary tackle position or guard is unclear. Tulane finished spring drills with senior John Leglue at right tackle.
Fourth-year junior Keyshawn McLeod at left tackle, senior Dominique Briggs at right guard and redshirt freshman Cameron Jackel from Shaw at left guard. Leglue and Briggs started all but the 2017 opener at those spots, while McLeod, who started the finale at left tackle, beat out junior Tyler Johnson in a close competition.
Joey Jones, Fisher’s coach the past four seasons at South Alabama, resigned at the end of 2017 and was replaced by Steve Campbell. Fisher, who graduated with a degree in political science, participated in spring drills before deciding Tulane was a better opportunity for his final season.
South Alabama, which went to a bowl game in 2016 but finished 6-7, slipped to 4-8 last fall. In November, the Jaguars lost 52-0 previously winless Georgia Southern, Tulane coach Willie Fritz’s former school, leading to Jones’ resignation.