Tulane senior defensive back Derrick Strozier feeling the love of campus after school accepts bowl berthPin It
Derrick Strozier walked into the Tulane business school on Wednesday and was bombarded by cheers.
“You’re going to a bowl game!” one screamed.
Strozier, who has been a part of the Tulane football program for five years, hasn’t always experienced such a hero’s entrance on campus. The Green Wave did not any winning seasons or even come close to a bowl berth in his first four years. He’s played in front of plenty of empty Superdome seats and seen fans mock the program’s efforts to just be medicore.
But the 7-5 2013 campaign has launched the program and its players into a new level. Tulane announced its acceptance of the R+L Carriers Bowl berth on Tuesday, a defining moment for the program that has keyed keen fan reaction.
Strozier said the berth has won over even some of the hardest core cynics on campus. The woman yelling about the bowl game?
“That was one of the ladies in the business school,” Strozier said. “She’s a big LSU fan, but she is finally showing us some love.”
Strozier, who blocked a field goal against Rice on Saturday, said it’s a surreal feeling that his season is continuing with a bowl.
“It’s just a great feeling being here so long and working so hard and you are finally seeing it pay off. I’m just so blessed and extremely grateful that we are in this position,” Strozier said.
Strozier wishes he could be in the position just a little bit longer.