Having Corey Dauphine on board has proven to be a win-win situation for the Tulane football program.

Even before the Texas Tech transfer running back was eligible to play, Coach Willie Fritz was singing his praises based on the way he goes about handling his business.

“I’m going to make a point in one of our team meetings about how this guy is ineligible, but he practices like he’s going to get 30 carries a game,” Fritz marveled to The Advocate soon after Dauphine arrived in New Orleans in 2017. “He’s going to get zero, I can guarantee you that this year. He’s helping us win just by his attitude and effort.”

Finally in uniform for the Green Wave, the 6-foot, 200-pound junior is showing himself to be just as valuable, ranking second on the team is rushing yards (754) and touchdowns (7) through 12 games. He’s rushed for over 100 yards three times this season, including a season-high 152 and three touchdowns in a 42-17 win over Nicholl State.

Dauphine was a four-star recruit coming out of Port Arthur High, but after a redshirt season in 2015 felt lost in Tech’s pass-oriented offense.

“The major reason I came here was they run the ball and the opportunity for playing time,” he told The Advocate. “This offense fits me perfectly.”

As a senior at Port Arthur, Dauphine was named first-team all-district 21-6A, rushing for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns.