AUBURN, Ala. — As promised, wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis is back on Auburn’s expanded roster now that school has started.
The redshirt freshman practiced with the team Tuesday night after sorting out what coaches termed “personal things” this summer. He had not been with the team since the spring.
The 5-foot-8, 157-pound receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was expected to be a big part of Tony Franklin’s offense last year but tore ligaments in his knee after returning the opening kickoff of Auburn’s first game.
He returned in the spring but wasn’t a full participant, wearing a knee brace and orange, non-contact jersey that prevented him from participating in any of the team’s scrimmages.
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Asked if Pierre-Louis has some catching up to do after missing 15 spring practices and 11 days in August, head coach Gene Chizik agreed but didn’t elaborate: “Yes, that would be very fair to say.”
Auburn practiced in pads Tuesday, but Pierre-Louis, because he was just added to the roster, could only participate in shorts.
“He looked like he was running fine,” Chizik said.
Although no longer in Franklin’s system, Pierre-Louis said last spring he thinks he’ll be a part of current offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s plans.
“I fit into it well,” he said. “Everybody thinks it’s a spread offense; it’s really not a spread offense. It’s a run-based offense, it’s a play-action offense. But yet, I think it’s a great offense and it really does help you, so I like the offense.
On the small screen
Auburn will launch a reality-based, documentary-style TV show this fall called “Auburn Football: Every Day ... .” The weekly 30-minute show, which is produced by the Auburn ISP Sports Network and Authentic Films, will chronicle the Tigers’ 2009 season from the beginning of August camp though the end of the year.
“This new show will give Auburn fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at our football team and allow them to relate to our players and coaches in a more personal way,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said in a press release. “It will appeal to long-time fans and young people alike, and that is our goal in continuing to look for dynamic ways to further strengthen the brand of Auburn football.”
The program debuts Sept. 4 and will air on either Friday nights or Saturday mornings. It can be seen on the Comcast Sports Southeast regional cable network and will be streamed on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com.
If there is a coach on Auburn’s staff who looks like he could step into a game at any moment, it’s Taylor, who still wears cleats when he works with players.
“I’ve always coached in cleats,” he said. “I played in cleats, so I coach the same way I play.”
The cleats, which Taylor is careful about taking off before he enters the Auburn athletic complex, per Chizik’s rules, are more than just for nostalgia’s sake, though.
“When I demonstrate, I don’t want to be slipping down in flats and that deal,” Trooper said, adding some joke scenarios in which they might be useful. “You never know when one of them will want to try you. If they want to try you, you better have some friction or you’ll end up underneath that stadium. And if I need to run away from one, I sure don’t need to slip down.”
Defensive end Antonio Coleman was one of 52 players named to the Bronko Nagurski Award preseason watch list, given to nation’s best defensive player.
It is the fourth watch list the Mobile, Ala., native has made this year. He is also up for the Lombardi (top lineman or linebacker), Hendricks (defensive end) and Bednarik (overall defensive player) awards.