Aug 16, 2013
Ricardo Louis tries to get away at practice (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Somebody has to replace Auburn leading receiver Emory Blake, so why not one of Emory Blake's understudies from last year?
Ricardo Louis will take his fast start in fall practice into Saturday's scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"We've been working hard this offseason and I felt like I had to show the coaches what I could do, making a lot of plays," Louis said after Friday's practice. "They told me before the scrimmage they would try to get me the ball, and they got me the ball."
Blake led Auburn in receiving the last two years, including 50 catches last season. Louis had three.
"It wasn't frustrating for me because I was learning behind Emory Blake and all those receivers, so I took it as a learning experience," Louis said.
The biggest thing he learned, he said, was Blake's "crisp-route" running.
Gus Malzahn's offense promises to be more dynamic than the offense of a year ago, and that should open the receiving door for players such as Louis.
"Last season, everybody was thinking I was going to be a good receiver, and now, what they were expecting from last year, they want to keep that up for me," said Louis. "It'll be a good starting spot to produce in this offense."
Auburn players have revealed little about their status to the media. Louis said he's lined up at various receiver spots. "Pretty much every position, like everybody else."
But he says he "can go deep, the short routes...whatever they want me to do."
Running back Corey Grant says he likes what he's seen in fall work.
"I think he can contribute a lot to our offense and special teams. A big, physical receiver who is great on the edges blocking and he can also go up and catch the deep ball, anything you throw at him," Grant said. "It seems like he's more focused this year. I think he's set some goals for himself and he's achieving those goals."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer on AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: