Happy Day For Senior Linebacker

Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett was more than pleased to contribute to his team's victory over the Louisville Cardinals.

Atlanta, Ga.--After years of waiting to make a major impact for the Auburn defense, Justin Garrett came up with a huge play in Auburn’s 31-24 season-opening football victory over Louisville.

The often-injured senior linebacker’s performance was a highlight of preseason and he showed why with his alertness in the second quarter when he picked up a fumbled caused by teammate Montravius Adams and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.

His position coach and defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, was racing down the sideline trying to keep up with Garrett. The senior linebacker didn’t see his coach’s celebration, but heard from him after the touchdown.

“He was telling me I messed up a play two plays before that,” the linebacker said. “He was telling me I have got to make sure I read my keys and do the right thing.”

Garrett coasted into the end zone much to the delight of the large turnout of Auburn fans at the Georgia Dome as he was escorted across the goal line by fellow linebacker Tre Williams. Asked if he let up because he was tired, Garrett smiled and said, “I was slowing down because Tre was talking to me.”

Asked the last time he scored a touchdown, the senior said, “High school, I think. It has been a minute.”

Garrett is excited just to have the opportunity to contribute in a big way after spending much of his college time injured. However, in the offseason he was fitted with special shoes to help with his foot and ankle problems and he has been healthy since then.

“It was fun,” he said of contributing to his team’s 1-0 start. “I owe it all to God. I faced a lot of injuries and a lot of adverse situations in my past so to have a positive mindset, and to be able to come back from it, I owe it all to God.”

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