After skipping spring practice, wide receiver Devon Breaux will return to the Tulane football team in the fall, a university source confirmed Tuesday.
Breaux, a redshirt senior from Donaldsonville, had 35 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns in 2015 but decided to concentrate on track and field after new coach Willie Fritz was hired to replace Curtis Johnson. He posted his change of heart Monday on his Facebook page.
His addition will give a boost to one of the thinnest areas on the team. Receiver Teddy Veal (48 catches, 644 yards, five touchdowns) transferred to Louisiana Tech, leaving former walk-on Larry Dace (11 receptions) as Tulane’s leading returning wideout in the spring.
Breaux, a first-team all-state selection at quarterback as a senior at Donaldsonville, took some time to adjust to playing receiver. After redshirting in 2012, he started twice in 2013 and 2014 but finished with only 13 receptions for the two years combined.
His biggest success came as a long jumper in track and field. In 2015, he became the first male Tulane athlete to qualify for the NCAA outdoor championships, with a leap of 24 feet 10 inches at NCAA regionals.
Last season, he accounted for the Wave’s only touchdowns in its first two games with a 76-yard score against Duke and a 46-yard reception against Georgia Tech. He slowed down from there, making seven catches for 75 yards in Tulane’s final six games.