Quarterback Pratt Returns

Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt refused to let the last 4½ minutes of this year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic get to him. 

With the Green Wave trailing USC by 15 points in what was easily the biggest game of his career, he knew anything was possible.

In typical Pratt fashion, the junior from Boca Raton, Florida, calmly and confidently jogged onto the field.

“We knew we had to score quickly,” Pratt said. “That’s when I hit Duece (Watts) for that big play.” One play later, running back Tyjae Spears dashed 4 yards into the end zone.

Then the seemingly impossible happened. A muffed kickoff meant USC would be starting at its own 2-yard line. “As soon as that happened, Joey Claybrook (left tackle) looked at me and said, ‘We’re going to get a safety, we’re going to get the ball back and we’re going to win this game.’

“As soon as we got the safety, we all just looked at each other, and you could just see it in everybody’s eyes. There was no doubt that we were going to score.”

Quarterback Michael Pratt prepares to throw the football
New Orleans is like home to Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt, who returns for another year of Green Wave football in the fall.

When the clock ticked down to 0:00, Tulane had indeed won the game, setting off a celebration like no other. Pratt savored the victory, using it as motivation for his upcoming senior season.

But would he play at Tulane or enter the transfer portal and perhaps play for a Power 5 school? The offers were there, offers that could go a long way toward his dream of playing in the NFL. But in the end, the decision was easy.

“This is my home,” he said. “It’s where my friends and family are. I love the coaching staff. I love New Orleans. I love the relationships I have here. And I know I wouldn’t have that anywhere else.”

He said his friend Jared Moorer, a cornerback who transferred to Tulane this year from Charleston Southern, may have put it best. “He said, ‘Everyone on this team is a genuinely good person.’ That’s a reflection on Coach Fritz and the standards he has set for this team.”