Pierre-Louis Showing Promise for Tigers

Freshman wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis has shown big-play ability early in his college career.

Auburn, Ala.--An Auburn football freshman who continues to make a push for playing time is wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis.

The small speedster from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., followed up a solid scrimmage performance on Saturday with some impressive catches on Sunday evening in drills vs. the defensive backs as the Auburn Tigers began their second week of preseason drills.

Pierre-Louis made a terrific catch in the end zone while looking back over his head on a play well covered by cornerback Walt McFadden. Pierre-Louis shielded the cornerback with his hip and caught the ball on the run prompting one practice observer to say the catch looked like a vintage Terry Beasley (former Auburn All-American) style reception.

Pierre-Louis, who stands at around 5-7, 160 pounds, made one of the best plays of the scrimmage on an 80-yard bomb he caught from walk-on quarterback Brent Poole from Charles Henderson High in Troy.

"It was a go route," Pierre-Louis says. "The quarterback threw it on the money. He threw it out in front of me so I caught it and just kept on going.

"It was Harry Adams who was covering me and I thought he was going to catch me," adds Pierre-Louis, who was one of the fastest high school 100 meter runners in the nation, but so was Adams who competed in the same city as Pierre-Louis at Dillard High.

Philip Pierre-Louis

Like Pierre-Louis, Adams is trying to earn playing time at Auburn as a true freshman, however, he is looking for a spot on Auburn defense at cornerback.

"My first college scrimmage went well," Pierre-Louis says. "I did a lot of things that I liked and I did a lot of things I didn't like. I am just trying to improve on everything. Overall, it went good.

"The coaches told me I had a good scrimmage, but said I need to continue to work on the little things because the little things will make me better," he adds.

The Tigers will open the season with a home game on August 30th vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

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