Lester, Defense Prepare For Cam

Alabama safety Robert Lester is having a very good year, first in the Southeastern Conference and second in the nation in interceptions. The sophomore from Foley has seven interceptions in his first year as a starter.

Robert Lester has seen two sides of the interception advantage. He has twice been SEC Defensive Player of the Week because of his ability to snag interceptions. He said, "The more turnovers you get, the more opportunities you give the offense to score touchdowns."

Lester also has seen the technique of freshman inside linebacker C.J. Mopsley. "I am proud of C.J.," Lester said. "I was talking to him after the game and said, ‘Teach me how you do it?' I've had seven opportunities to take one back for a touchdown and I wasn't able to do it. He's gotten the ball twice, and he's been able to score two touchdowns."

Lester, Mosley and the rest of the Alabama defense will have its hands full this week with or without interceptions.

The Crimson Tide, 9-2 overall and 5-2 in SEC games, hosts second-ranked and undefeated Auburn (11-0, 7-0 SEC) in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 1:30 p.m. CST Friday. CBS will televise the game. Because the game is played a day earlier than normal, Bama began its practice week on Sunday.

The big name and the big man in the game is Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, a 6-6, 250-pound quarterback with incredible performance both as a rusher (1,297 yards, 17 touchdowns) and passer (135-198 for 2,038 yards and 21 touchdowns). It is because of Newton that Auburn averages over 500 yards of offense and 42 points per game.

Lester, who is 6-2 and 206, will likely have to take on Newton at some point. "I'm going to use the same technique I've used in the last 11 games," Lester said. "By him being a big guy, I've got to give it everything I've got."

He added, "Hopefully, I'll have back-up when I hit him."

Lester said, "Every game is important. If we go in and take our game plan seriously and execute it, and if we put our trust in our coaches and believe that they know what they're doing and that they're going to put is in the best spots to make plays, and we play football and make sure we use the right technique, I think we'll be okay.

"They are going to put us in the best situation to win the game. If Coach Saban thinks playing man to man defense is a no-go, we'll run a lot of zone defense and make sure we keep our eyes on the quarterback. I trust that Coach Saban knows what he's doing and that he's going to put us in the best situation to win. I trust what he calls out there."

Lester said that during Alabama's bye week prior to the LSU game that Bama spent some time looking to future opponents, including Auburn. "We weren't all about Auburn or all about any other team that we had to face in the future," Lester said. "We pretty much were just looking at some of the things they like to do. We didn't go out and practice a full day on them. We would look at them for a period or two, just to make sure that whenever we get to Auburn week, that the things they are doing aren't new to us."

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