BY RYAN BLACK | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 thus 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.”
He doesn’t consider last season a failure on all levels, however. Thanks to the guidance of the Tigers’ elder receivers, Louis felt he improved even if his numbers didn’t back it up.
“I just took it in,” he said. “It was a learning experience, learning what they do, putting it into my game and producing when I get a chance.”
Tigers split on importance of scrimmage
Corey Grant is treating Auburn’s scrimmage Saturday 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,” Coleman said. “(Now we’ve) got to go out there and put it together. That’s the biggest thing I’m worried about tomorrow.”
While Grant was ready to play within the confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium for the last time before he hits the books, he didn’t feel the scrimmage was the be-all, end-all in regard to positional battles.
“It could be, possibly, but we’ve already had three scrimmages,” he said. “So this is just another day to show what you can do.”
Whether the scrimmage will do much to settle the team’s ongoing battle at quarterback is also up for debate.
Once more, Coleman was the voice of the apathetic.
“It really doesn’t matter,” he said. “The whole team is going to be supportive of whoever it is.”
Besides, Grant said he doesn’t even know which signal-caller is on the field half the time as it is.
“Because of the way the coaches teach them, if you had to run it with your eyes closed, you wouldn’t know who’s back there giving you the ball,” he said.
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.