Auburn notebook: Louis shines in preseason
by Ryan Black
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AUBURN -- Ricardo Louis has arguably been Auburn's top player since preseason practice began.

Teammates have praised his play during the Tigers' scrimmages, none more than last Saturday's scrimmage, where he had what fellow receiver Quan Bray called multiple "explosive plays" in the passing game and at least one touchdown reception.

Louis is glad to see the fruits of labor during the offseason have paid off so far.

"I just felt like I had to show the coaches what I could do," he said. "I had to make a lot of plays. They told me before the scrimmage that they were going to try to get me the ball, and they got me the ball, and I made plays."

The sophomore said he's trying to make up for lost time. Last season, he believed he arrived on campus with much expected of him -- and acknowledged he didn't hold up his end of the bargain.

"Everybody was thinking I was going to be a good receiver for the quarterbacks to throw to," he said. "Now, what they were expecting from last year is what they want to (see) for me. It'll be a good starting spot to produce in this offense."

SCRIMMAGE THOUGHTS: Corey Grant is treating Auburn's scrimmage today like it's the last day of summer.

Which, in a roundabout way, it is, since the Tigers won't have another scrimmage before school begins Wednesday.

"Everybody’s excited," he said. "Last chance to show what you can really do for the coaches and everybody."

Not everyone shared Grant's enthusiasm, though. Just ask Shon Coleman.

The redshirt freshman offensive lineman put it plainly: "It's just a scrimmage," he said.

"We just need to keep working on the things we've been trying to work on this week," he said. "(Now we've) got to go out there and put it together. That's the biggest thing I'm worried about tomorrow."

KICKOFF RETURNS: Louis said he's working behind Tre Mason on the kick return depth chart heading into the scrimmage.

"We're just rotating a lot, different sides, learning new kick routine schemes," he said.

Louis said he expects it to come down to Mason, Robenson Therezie and himself as the starters at the position.
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