Ricardo Louis wins recognition on the Senior Bowl watch list
AUBURN, Ala. — Nine Auburn football players are on the Senior Bowl's initial watch list for the Jan. 30 game in Mobile.
Your list of Auburn players:
Linebackers Kris Frost and Cassanova McKinzy; defensive backs Josh Holsey, Jonathan Jones and Blake Countess; defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert; and receivers Ricardo Louis, Melvin Ray and Duke Williams. The Senior Bowl list is already more than 350 players, and more can be added during the season.
• Auburn has two of only nine non-senior football players in the country who have already received their college degrees, according to research by New Mexico.
Auburn's two players are offensive linemen Alex Kozan, who has a degree in finance; and Shon Coleman, who has a degree in public administration. Both have been redshirted, and are being counted on this season.
The other non-seniors with degrees are Garrett Adcock of New Mexico, Typler Compton of Old Dominion, Colin McElroy of Old Dominion, Nate Peterman of Pittsburgh, J.J. Prince of Purdue, Connor Brewer of Virginia and Albert Reid of Virginia.
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• We wrote a story about linebackers coach Lance Thompson liking his first months at Auburn. What didn't make the story was his breakdown of fellow defensive coaches Will Muschamp, Rodney Garner and Travaris Robinson.
Garner, Thompson said, "is an awesome person. To see him with Kim and his six children, the guy is an unbelievable man. I never met T-Rob. I heard about T-Rob. You competed against him. The guy is a tremendous coach, a tremendous father, great guy to be around.
"Will is off the charts. Everybody in the country respects Will. Everybody tried to hire him last year. Everybody wanted him."
• Auburn returns to the practice field Tuesday afternoon after taking Monday off the first day of classes.
• The Sports Illustrated College Football Tailgate Tour will be in Auburn on Oct. 31 for the Ole Miss game.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine