October 1, 2013
Jordan Batiste a big hitter for his size
Starting against ULM for the first time this season, Tulane sophomore Jordan Batiste made the best possible case to stay on the first unit.
He earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors with a terrific all-around performance, finishing off the Warhawks with a blitz and strip sack that teammate Dominique Robertson turned into a 33-yard touchdown return.
That play, which gave the Green Wave a 24-0 lead in the third quarter, was one of many big moments for Batiste. He had a career-high and team-leading eight tackles, capping off his performance with an interception the last time the Warhawks had the ball.
After being suspended for the first six quarters of the season for undisclosed reasons, Batiste, a 5-foot-8, 169-pound cornerback who packs a wallop for his size, has gone from the doghouse to the penthouse.
"That (the suspension) was real hard for me, emotionally and everything," he said. "I had to watch. I just prayed on it, stayed close to my family and got through it. I'm trying to make up for those games I lost every play."
Actually, doghouse is probably too strong a term. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said Tuesday he never doubted Batiste's character or his ability to overcome his off-the-field mistakes.
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