Archbishop Shaw standout Lawrence Breaud racked up some nice numbers last year as a junior and he wasn't even the starting running back for the Eagles. However, you wouldn't guess that from looking at Breaud's totals for the year: 1,313 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground and 13 receptions for 213 additional yards.
This year, the Eagles plan to take full advantage of Breaud's athletic ability, as he will platoon at quarterback and running back for Shaw, which is a 5A perennial powerhouse.
"It's a new thing," Breaud said in regard to playing quarterback. "Last year, I played Wildcat some of the time and this year, I'm going to play quarterback half the time and running back half the time. I've got to step it up. We're going to play some Wildcat, but we also like to pound the football."
Breaud, who doubles as the starting point guard for Shaw's basketball team, is currently busy with AAU hoops. He's a star on the hardwood, averaging 15.4 points per game last year while dishing out five assists.
On the football field, Breaud prefers to play running back but he'll do whatever is asked of him.
"I like running back the best," he said. "I like to run the football. I like the ball in my hands. I run a 4.6, but I need to work so I can get quicker with my feet."
Breaud isn't hearing from any schools yet, although he says Louisiana Tech has shown interest.
"Tech has been by the school and they talked to my coach," said Breaud. "I'm a pretty laid-back person. I just go to school and do what I'm supposed to do."
Shaw is expected to contend for the district title in the Catholic League, which is arguably the toughest district in the state for 2010.
"St. Aug will be a hard battle," Breaud said. "Some of the teams in our district lost key players. We should be good on offense. We have returning nine starters on offense and lose only a tight end and an offensive lineman. We'll have five or six starters back on defense. Last year, we had a lot of injuries and that helped our young players get some experience."