NEW ORLEANS — Tulane wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser said he asked for his release from the school Thursday.
The rising redshirt senior said his decision was spurred by the troubling health of his mother, Joy. His younger brother, Walker, also is a member of the Tulane football team and is expected to remain with the Green Wave this season after redshirting as a freshman.
“I needed to make a big-boy decision because I’m graduating, my older brother is getting married and (Walker) is moving into a position he’s really excited about,” Wilson Van Hooser said. “I need to step up for my family, and I need to be the one to be back in Montgomery (Ala.) to help out as much as I can.”
Tulane’s coaching staff offered assistance in catching on the roster at Troy or Auburn, the two Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Montgomery’s immediate vicinity, Van Hooser said. His mother has had seven back surgeries and several other procedures looking into her brain, which have kept her mostly bedridden for the past several months.
“I really love Tulane and I love this team, but you have to do what’s necessary sometimes,” Van Hooser said. “I was so impressed with the way the coaches handled it, and I hoped they would be OK with my decision. But I didn’t expect them to sympathize, and they did. These things aren’t easy.”
In three seasons, Van Hooser was a playmaking receiver, hauling in 55 catches and nine touchdowns. Last season, he averaged 21.2 yards per catch and had five touchdowns while getting limited targets.
“I’m doing what needs to be done,” he said. “But I’ll definitely be watching to see what these guys can do, and I want them to win badly.”
Tulane coach Curtis Johnson and his staff will host the First Down Divas Women’s Football Clinic from 6-9 p.m. June 11 at The Crystal Palace in Harvey.
The clinic is an opportunity for women to learn and understand the sport.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Saints players Darren Sproles and Lance Moore are the featured speakers, along with other surprise guests.
Along with the Football 101 instruction from the Green Wave coaching staff and Saints standouts, there also will be a live auction, door prizes, food and drinks. All proceeds will benefit the Devon Walker Fund, specifically Devon’s Den.
Walker was injured last season and will need ongoing medical care. Devon’s Den is the addition of a bathroom and bedroom to the Walker house in Destrehan. The addition will include the technology necessary for Devon’s health and safety, as well as enable him to continue his course work at Tulane.
To register for the event, visit TulaneGreenWave.com. Registration must be received by June 1.
For more information, contact Liz Devlin Ziegler at (504) 314-2425 or email@example.com or Rachel Lindelow at (504) 314-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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