Sophomore Nick Julien of Loreauville High School enjoyed a breakout season last year and the versatile performer is poised to do even bigger and better things in 2010.
Julien, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, does a little bit of everything for the Tigers: Slot receiver, running back (second-team all-district behind teammate B.J. Greene), strong safety, Wildcat - you name it, Julien can handle it.
"Nick came into his own in Week Two," said Loreauville offensive coordinator Rhett Peltier. "B.J. (Greene) had a really big first half in that game (34-6 win over Hanson Memorial) and we took him out at the half. Nick played the second half and he gained a lot of confidence in that game."
Julien rushed for 702 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore and added 175 yards receiving with another score.
"He's a young but physical runner with outstanding field vision," Peltier said of Julien. "I'm not sure what position Nick plays the best. He started at strong safety for us as a freshman and he plays slot receiver in our four-wide package.
"We started practicing the single wing or Wildcat in Week Four last season and Nick played that position (Wildcat) for us. We began using that formation in Week Seven or Eight and we used it quite a bit from that point on. It's a good change of pace, especially when our offense gets bogged down and needs a spurt."
Julien, who also plays basketball and runs track, is one of 10 returning starters on offense for Loreauville, which finished 2009 with an 8-2 record.