Louis Steps Up His Game In Loss

Ricardo Louis talks about the loss to Wisconsin and picking up his play for the Tigers.

Tampa, Fla.--With Duke Williams suspended and Sammie Coates seeing limited action, Auburn called on junior Ricardo Louis to help pick up the slack and the speedster delivered.

Catching a 66-yard touchdown pass, his longest of the year, and adding 41 rushing yards on just three carries, Lewis did his part for the Tigers as they came up just short in an overtime loss to Wisconsin.

“I knew I was going to have to come up big on certain plays and during certain times during the game,” Louis said. “I tried to make the best of every chance I got with the ball in my hands.”

Despite his big plays and solid outings from quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn couldn’t pick up the slack for a defense that allowed 400 rushing yards to the Badgers. Even with that the Tigers had a chance to win the game in overtime, but a bad final possession led to the second miss of the day for Daniel Carlson. Louis said the Tigers didn’t finish and that was the bottom line.

“It’s very disappointing that we lost,” Louis said. “It’s just due to us being very inconsistent throughout the game on offense, not scoring every chance we got. Usually that results in a loss and that’s what happened.”

Finishing the season fourth on the team with 21 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns, most coming from Marshall, Louis said it was good to see his quarterback finish with such a strong performance despite the loss.

“I think he really came out to play,” Louis said. “It was his last game and he really wanted to show everybody what he could do. Everybody else thinks throughout the year he has been on and off, but I feel like he did very good.”

With a lot of confidence in Jeremy Johnson to pick up the slack and with Williams returning, Auburn’s offense should once again be in good shape heading into 2015, but it takes more than talent to succeed. That’s where Louis said he’s ready to step up and take over in his role as a leader for the Tigers so days like Thursday don’t happen again next season.

“I know for a fact that next year around this time we’re not going to lose,” Louis said. “I want to leave Auburn University with a win and on a good note. I’m going to work throughout the year to be successful and end the season right.”

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