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CL's Breaux ready to play in Bayou Bowl


Central Lafourche's Jared Breaux was named to the Louisiana All-Star squad and will compete in the 10th annual Bayou Bowl on Saturday at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown, Texas. (Photo by File)


MATHEWS — Jared Breaux considers the 2012 Bayou Bowl as a vehicle to jump start his college career.

Breaux, who was a first-team all-district and all-region defensive lineman at Central Lafourche, was named to the Louisiana All-Star squad and will compete in the 10th annual Bayou Bowl on Saturday at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown, Texas.

The game will not be televised locally, but it will be streamed on www.abc13.com. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Breaux said he knew little about the game, but he is excited to test ability against quality competition.

"I didn't know much about it. I did watch a couple of the games, but I really didn't know much about it," Breaux said. "The coaches asked me if I was interested, and I said yes. After sending in my stats, I was picked. I believe Louisiana won the game last year, and my (all-star) coach has called me couple of times. We will be big up front, and I am ready to roll with it."

The Louisiana All-Stars won last year's game, 30-23, but the Texas All-Stars hold a 5-4 edge in the overall series.

The game features graduated seniors from Louisiana and East Texas with a good number of college signees.

Breaux (6-foot-2, 275 pounds) is one of those players that earned a scholarship signing with Nicholls State on National Signing Day.

Breaux said he is going to use the week of practice as a mini-camp, and he hopes it gives him an edge going into his first college training camp.

"I looked at the roster and some of the players are going to big colleges. We will get to do some fun stuff, but it is three practices a day. I am ready for it," Breaux said. "I am looking forward to it and it may give me a edge over some of the other freshmen coming to Nicholls. I am looking forward to the competition. It will give me a good look of what I getting to start in playing college football."

Once the all-star game is over that will end Breaux's high-school career and he will have just six weeks before the start of his college career.

Breaux said he visited the Colonels during spring practice to get a sense of what it is like to play at the next level.

"I made a couple of practices for spring. I met the new defensive line coach and some of the players," Breaux said. "I went to the spring game and they were flying around. It was different than high school football. Here only a few guys ran to the ball. They all ran to the ball and it was definitely a different level."