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Monday, April 5, 2010

Early practice notes: Tigers waiting word on Philip Pierre-Louis's injury status

Auburn didn't have any more information on the status of wide receiver/punt returner Philip Pierre-Louis, who suffered a knee injury in the latter half of Saturday's scrimmage.

Head coach Gene Chizik said the sophomore is still being evaluated and that the staff will have a better idea of his status in the next 48 hours.

Pierre-Louis missed all of 2008 with a knee injury and was in the coaches' doghouse for most of last year.

But he was having one of his best performances of the spring in the scrimmage before the injury, according to coaches and teammates.

"He was back to playing the way that he can play," quarterback Neil Caudle said. "He was moving real well when we got the ball to him."

Some other quick news and notes:
  • Chizik said the staff has made no decisions about narrowing the quarterback field yet. All four got reps Monday, although Caudle said Cam Newton and Barrett Trotter got most of them.
  • The battle for the starting right tackle spot between Roszell Gayden and Brandon Mosley could stretch past the end of spring ball. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes said he's not in a rush to make a decision there and that both have done well.
  • John Sullen looks like he'll be the temporary solution at left guard in the absence of Mike Berry and Bart Eddins, who are both injured.
  • Grimes said Jorrell Bostrom probably won't participate during the rest of the spring because of an undisclosed injury.
  • More praise for Ikeem Means today. Chizik and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said the walk-on safety been doing well. Boulware, in fact, lamented the fact that he might lose one of his special teams stalwarts to the regular defense if he keeps pushing for more playing time.
  • Boulware said punter Ryan Shoemaker has been performing much better since signee Steven Clark came into the fold.
  • Boulware likes what he's seen out of the punt returners this spring. He cited Darvin Adams as having a positive influence on the group. That's not to say that Adams is the No. 1 guy, but he's helping that group out.