NEW ORLEANS — Cornerback Delvin Breaux entered VooDoo training camp as a long shot to make the 24-man regular-season roster, coach Pat O’Hara said at the time.
Two weeks later, Breaux, a former McDonogh 35 standout and LSU signee, is preparing to make his Arena Football League debut. The VooDoo open the season Sunday night against the Orlando Predators at the New Orleans Arena.
“His athletic ability just made it very difficult to do anything but keep him on our team,” O’Hara said.
Besides one season of semi-pro football last year, Breaux has not played the sport since breaking his neck and spine during his senior season of high school in 2006.
“Just for me to be able to get back out here and play professionally, it’s a dream come true,” Breaux said. “I never thought I’d make a professional football team once my injury happened. I’m just excited and can’t wait to get the season started.”
Other VooDoo players with local ties include defensive linemen Marlon Favorite (LSU, Archbishop Shaw), Robert Henderson (Southern Miss, Ponchatoula) and Derandus Frye (Arkansas Tech, West Jefferson); receiver Courtney Smith (South Alabama, Kennedy); defensive back Efe Osawemwenze (Southern); and Donovan Morgan (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Sarah Reed), a former all-AFL receiver with the Philadelphia Soul.
“Having a year under our belt, learning the game, being a little more accustomed to what’s going to happen, I think that’s going to help our team gel and win more games,” said Favorite, who last season helped the VooDoo reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
“There’s a lot of work to do over the next four, five days,” O’Hara said. “We had some key losses in free agency, but we’re working to get our
roster where it needs to be. We’re excited about our group and ready to go.”