Ricardo Louis blasts Auburn during Cleveland Browns presser
Update: Ricardo Louis later clarified his comments about Auburn and his lack of development. You can read the update here.
Something tells us that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn won’t be calling former Auburn WR Ricardo Louis with an invite to come back to Jordan-Hare Stadium anytime soon.
At least not without an apology.
Saturday was supposed to be a celebratory day for the former Tigers receiver, who surprised many NFL Draft experts by being selected as the No. 114 overall player by the Cleveland Browns.
It was the best case scenario for a guy that struggled to consistently differentiate himself from the crop of draftable receivers during his career at Auburn.
But instead of it being all smiles, Louis took his first opportunity to speak with the Cleveland media as a chance to take a jab at his alma mater.
Louis said he was not developed as a receiver at Auburn, and thanked the Browns for seeing past that. He also criticized the simplicity of the Auburn offensive scheme.
Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello grabbed a screen shot of Louis’ comments from the Browns’ website on Saturday.
“I would say that the Browns saw things from me that other teams didn’t see. They understand that I was in a scheme at Auburn that didn’t require me to run very many routes, very diverse or complex routes and the fact that I was not developed as a receiver at the time,” he said.
“Going into the combine, I wanted to prove to everybody that I was versatile and I was able to run routes and catch balls smooth and well. Doing that, looking ahead, they got to see that they can develop me and mold me into the receiver they want me to be.”
While what he said may be true, it’s still not a good look for a guy trying to make a good impression on a new fan base.
It also probably didn’t earn him any points with Auburn fans.
Some things are just better left unsaid.