Ricardo Louis heads in for an Auburn touchdown in the season-opener
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Ricardo Louis caught a touchdown pass and ran for a touchdown last Saturday, but isn't resting on his accomplishments.
"We have a full season, and there are a lot more games ahead of me," he said.
Louis and Co. opened the season with a win over Louisville in the Georgia Dome. Now, Louis plans a return trip.
"It was a fun time with my teammates in the Dome, and we're looking to get back in there in the SEC Championship Game."
The receiver caught a touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson and ran for the other one on an end around and -- know something? -- Louis was Auburn's fourth-leading rusher last season and has jumped in as the third-leading rusher and the leading receiver in the very early going this year. He also occasionally moonlights as a kickoff returner.
The start of this season featured a 24-0 lead, and a 31-24 victory.
"We can learn from our mistakes, and that's one of the big things learning from that game," Louis said. "Turnovers are never good, especially when you have three on offense. You're not supposed to win the game. But we came through. Our defense helped us come through."
Coach Gus Malzahn said he expects Johnson to use the opener as a learning experience.
"He was definitely trying to make some plays down the field early, which is to be expected. There are a lot of quarterbacks that do that. Just let it come within the offense and he’ll do that," Malzahn said. "We have just as much, or more, confidence in Jeremy Johnson as we did before the game. The great thing about Jeremy is that he will learn from his mistakes and he will get better.
"The thing about Jeremy is he is a great competitor, and he is extremely tough on himself. I think the special quarterbacks that I have been fortunate enough to be around have been the same way. He is ready to get back on the practice field and back out there on Saturday and improve. That is the mindset that you have to have, not just with the quarterback, but with all positions."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine