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Breedlove officially a Mad Dog

One year after being cut by the San Diego Chargers and having his dreams of playing professional football apparently dashed, Lecanto High graduate Brad Breedlove has hooked on with the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League.

A five-week waiting game ended over the weekend when Breedlove was told he had made the 37-man roster as one of five receivers.

Besides being one of Duke University's all-time leading receivers, Breedlove was one of the nation's top kick and punt returners, a skill that may have cemented his spot on the Mad Dogs.

"In the end, it wasn't even a close call," said Travis Lawrence, the Mad Dog's media liaison. "Brad made the team easily. He's so talented and so versatile, and with only 37 players on the roster, that's the kind of guy you want around."

Breedlove is currently a second-team receiver, but with the CFL's noted reliance on the pass, he should see plenty of action at the position. And as a member of the punt, punt return, kickoff, and kickoff return teams, he's also assured of logging a significant amount of playing time.

The expansion Mad Dogs open their 18-game regular season Thursday against the Calgary Stampeders, the 1992 Grey Cup Champions who are quarterbacked by four-time CFL most valuable player Doug Flutie, the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Boston College. That game can be seen Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, channel 61 for Telesat subscribers in the Inverness and Beverly Hills area.

The Mad Dogs also can be seen on July 16 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.