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WR Lionel Breaux

Lionel Breaux has been patient waiting his turn. He got the opportunity against Alabama and responded with two big catches for 55 yards.

Sophomore Wide Receiver Lionel Breaux had a terrific spring training, moving solidly into the wideout rotation.

It was anticipated Breaux would get a lot of action in 2008 as the fourth man on the receiver totem pole, but through the first six games of the year he had been relegated to special teams and what could loosely be called spot duty on offense.

Breaux was not doing anything wrong and had not been demoted, but it was hard to get him on the field much with Mike Wallace, Shay Hodge and Dexter McCluster doing well.

Lionel kept plugging away, waiting on a bigger turn, and responded with seven special teams' tackles and six catches, but his impact went a little unnoticed.

Against Alabama, that changed quite a bit.

Breaux got a lot more offensive snaps and came up with two clutch catches for 55 yards. It was not what could be classified as a breakout performance, but it was more, and more was what Lionel was looking for.

"I was doing some good things in practice so Coach (Ron) Dickerson started using me more. I am very thankful for the opportunity," said the soft-spoken Breaux. "I've come a long way toward learning the whole system and my confidence has gone way up in the past few weeks. I've been making plays in practice so the coaches gave me a bigger shot.

"It's all about working hard and earning your shot and then making the most of it."

Breaux has used special teams as his springboard to more playing time.

"If you show you are willing to do what it takes to help the team and give your body up in special teams, you prove a lot to the coaches," he stated.

Lionel brings a lot to the table and figures to be a bigger part of the offense in the coming weeks.

"I like to think what I bring is that I can get the job done. I also think I have proven to the coaches that I'm going to give them 100% effort in practice and in the games," he stated. "It feels good when you gain the confidence of your coaches and teammates and I think I have reached that point.

"I don't know what the rest of the season holds for me, but I'll be ready for whatever it is."

Breaux got, perhaps, the ultimate compliment, so to speak, from his coaches on the last play of the Alabama game as the Rebels were driving for the go-ahead TD and faced a fourth down situation.

The coaches called a pass play where Lionel was the primary receiver on a drag route over the middle, but unfortunately QB Jevan Snead, under heavy pressure up the middle, went in another direction.

"I was kind of surprised with the call and that I was out there in that situation, but I was out there to do a job. I was open, but Jevan couldn't see me. Next time, maybe he will and I have confidence I will make the play," he added.

Like everyone on the offense, Lionel has been frustrated with the frequent, key turnovers, but he has faith that will stop.

"I think we are trying too hard. I know that sounds odd, but as Coach (Kent) Austin says, you have to live to play another play and sometimes be happy with the gain you've got and go down," he noted. "We are going to get over that hump and when we do we are going to be really dangerous.

"We are not frustrated or down or anything, but we are anxious to go ahead and put it all together. It's time for us to go out there and play a good, solid, four-quarter game."

And Lionel Breaux wants to be in the mix when that happens.

Like everyone on the offense, Lionel has been frustrated with the frequent, key turnovers, but he has faith that will stop.

"I think we are trying too hard. I know that sounds odd, but as Coach (Kent) Austin says, you have to live to play another play and sometimes be happy with the gain you've got and go down," he noted. "We are going to get over that hump and when we do we are going to be really dangerous.

"We are not frustrated or down or anything, but we are anxious to go ahead and put it all together. It's time for us to go out there and play a good, solid, four-quarter game."

And Lionel Breaux wants to be in the mix when that happens.

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