Nov. 18, 2013
Fans in the background signal touchdown Auburn and Ricardo Louis (Anthony Hall photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. - A spectacular catch that has already become part of Auburn football lore helped Ricardo Louis win a national honor Monday.
Louis was named to the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll after his 73-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left helped the Tigers beat Georgia 43-38 Saturday. Oh, it wasn't just any 73-yard touchdown catch, either. It may be college football's play of the year. Louis, never breaking stride on the long ball, made the catch after the ball bounced off a defender. He then raced untouched into the end zone to one of the loudest roars in Jordan-Hare Stadium history.
The Hornung Award honors the most versatile player in college football. Louis filled up the stat sheet with four catches for 131 yards and five carries for 66 yards. He also played on the punt and kickoff coverage teams that allowed zero yards in returns. This season's overall Hornung winner will be honored Jan. 28 in Louisville.
Auburn fans, and college football, talked about Louis' game-winning catch Saturday and Sunday. Louis said after the game he told quarterback Nick Marshall in the huddle he wanted a chance.
"I kind of expected to make a play because I told them, 'give me the ball, I'm going to make a play,'" Louis said after the game.
Other Hornung weekly winners were Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and Baylor receiver Levi Norwood.
Fans can vote on the Hornung player of the year here. Pick a player and hit enter.
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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine