Sunday Football Notes

Sunday football notes following Auburn's 34-0 victory over ULM are featured.

*Philip Pierre-Louis will have surgery on his knee this week. Tommy Tuberville didn't say what exactly the damage was, but it was enough to have surgery. "We'll lose him for the rest of the year," the coach noted.

*James Swinton also injured a knee on the first offensive play of the game. "The MRI was fine," Tuberville said. "He will be back." The coaches are hoping that he will be back for the Southern Miss game, as well as fellow receiver Montez Billings. Billings missed the game with a sore hamstring.

*Kodi Burns' cut was caused by a facemask to his shin that left a seven-inch gash in his leg. Tuberville said that the team doctors and trainers were concerned about an infection because of the dirt, but there hasn't been any swelling. Burns could practice tomorrow, but they'll likely hold him out a couple of days to be on the safe side.

*John Douglas suffered a sore knee early in the game. His status for game two is uncertain.

*Tuberville sounded pleased with the shutout, which was a tribute to the defense and special teams. "The kicking game was better than I would have expected." However, the quarterbacks and receivers didn't play as well as they could have. "Routes weren't real good and that left the quarterbacks hanging at times. It obviously wasn't what we were looking for, but we'll definitely get better."

*Tuberville had praise for Gabe McKenzie in his first game at defensive end. He said that Gabe obviously has to work on his technique, but played well for a first game.

*Spencer Pybus also drew praise from the head coach. He played well on special teams and recovered a fumble to start the second half.

*Saturday's shutout was the ninth for Auburn under Tuberville.

*Auburn is now 45-0 under Tuberville when scoring 30 or more points in a game. The Tigers' last loss with that many points was the four overtime defeat against Georgia in 1996.

*Auburn's next opponent, Southern Miss, beat Louisiana-Lafayette 51-21 in Larry Fedora's debut as head coach of the Golden Eagles.

*Fedora was known for his balanced offenses when he was coordinator at Oklahoma State. His team rushed for 427 yards against the Rajun Cajuns, including 222 from Damion Fletcher and 110 by Bubby Kirksey.

*Golden Eagles' QB Austin Davis threw for 206 yards as they outgained ULL 663-394.


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