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Senior Ricardo Louis Steps Up In Auburn's Victory Over Kentucky

Auburn got a strong performance from Ricardo Louis to help the Tigers to an SEC road football victory at Kentucky.

Ricardo Louis is a senior for the Tigers.

Lexington, Ky.--Ricardo Louis had been working during the bye week to get back to full speed. On Thursday night in Lexington he was 100 percent and it showed.

The Auburn senior wide receiver caught seven passes for a career-high 154 yards and ran the ball once for nine yards in his team’s 30-27 SEC football victory over Kentucky.

“I?was definitely full speed,”?he said. “I had time to get treatment and treat my body, and get back right. A lot of things were hurting me. I had a back problem, leg problem. It was just nagging and it wouldn’t allow me to go full speed.”

Quarterback Sean White said he kept passing the football to the senior receiver because he was consistently getting open. The redshirt freshman said going into the contest the game plan called for throwing the ball to Louis, but not to the extent he did.

Louis agreed with the quarterback and added, “Coach (Gus) Malzahn said whenever you get a chance to make a play, make a play and that is the only thing I had on my mind.”

Louis, who noted that he is trying to be a team leader, said it was very important for the Tigers to get their first SEC win of the season and improve to 4-2 overall. “It was very big,” he said. “We talked all week about being 2-0 in October and we accomplished that, and that is going to give us confidence going forward.”

The senior said after losing another key receiver, Duke Williams, that he needed to play well after Williams was dismissed from the team. “I carry myself as a leader when things like that happen I?needed to step up ,”?he said. “We lost a brother, Duke, but he is still with us. We talk to him every day.

“He (Duke Williams) said stay positive, keep grinding and everybody just come together even more and that is what we did,” Louis said.

Louis added that the first half was what he expected to see from the Tigers who scored 23 of their 30 points before intermission. “That was our offense there,” he noted. “Big plays and run the ball and pound it in. When we do that we have great success.”

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