Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pierre-Louis returns to practice

Redshirt freshman Philip Pierre-Louis rejoined the Auburn program Tuesday when the Tigers returned from their two-day break.

He had been away from the team since late June after missing a good portion of the summer workouts and the first 11 days of camp as well.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik admitted Pierre-Louis is behind after his approximate two-month absence.

“That would be very fair to say,” Chizik said.

At this time last year, Pierre-Louis seemed primed for a big true freshman campaign. Tommy Tuberville and the rest of the coaching staff bragged about the big-play ability Pierre-Louis displayed during fall scrimmages.

However, he tore his ACL while returning the season-opening kickoff. Pierre-Louis later had surgery to repair the knee and took a redshirt.

Chizik said Pierre-Louis’ knee looked fine during his first practice.

The 5-foot-8, 157-pound receiver got to Auburn because former coordinator Tony Franklin wanted him as a speedy playmaker capable of squirting away from defenses.

Even with Franklin gone, the redshirt freshman said during the spring that he could contribute in the new offense.

“I fit into it well. Everybody thinks it’s a spread offense,” Pierre-Louis said. “It’s really not a spread offense. It’s a run-based offense – it’s a play-action offense. I think it’s a great offense and it really does help you, so I like the offense.”

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