Tulane loses defensive back Renaldo Thomas

By Scott Kushner

Special to the Advocate

Tulane defensive back Renaldo Thomas is no longer with the football program, according to Tulane Athletics Communication.

The junior played in 10 games last year and started one at strong safety, but made just seven total tackles. As a true freshman in 2011 he started in three of his four games, and was considered a promising prospect prior to suffering a season-ending injury.

Thomas was one of the shining prospects in coach Bob Toledo's final recruiting class, as a 6-foot-4 200-pounder who starred at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He was given three stars by Rivals.com's recruiting analysts and chose Tulane over early scholarship offers from Arkansas, Michigan and Oklahoma State.

However, Thomas failed to make the two-deep depth chart at the end of spring practice in March, signaling a diminished role this upcoming season. Tulane officials said Thomas is still with the university pursuing his degree.

He is only the most recent departure from the Green Wave's roster since the end of spring practice.

Defensive linemen Wendell Beckwith, Devin Williams and Taylor Perry, running back Jamar Thomas, linebackers Kerchal Byrd and Logan Hamilton, defensive back Kendrick Washington and wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser are no longer with the program. Of that group, only Beckwith and Van Hooser were listed on the depth chart at the end of spring practice.

It leaves Tulane with 79 players on scholarship. The team is scheduled to report for preseason practice on Friday, Aug. 2.