Gran And His Tailbacks Have a Grand Ole Time

Comments from running backs coach Eddie Gran are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Running back coach Eddie Gran said he wanted to see more aggressive football from his tailbacks. Saturday, in Auburn's 63-3 victory over Ball State, if they had been much more aggressive they could have been arrested for assault and battery.

Redshirt junior Kenny Irons led the parade of tailbacks with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He also won the starting tailback spot.

"Right now I think we've found our starting tailback," Gran said. "Kenny Irons is our starting tailback.

"From there we are in a great situation," Gran added. "We have got three other running backs who go in and we don't lose much, if anything, at all," Gran said. "That is what I am looking forward to. Hopefully, that is what we are getting to."

Kenny Irons got the start vs. Ball State and took advantage of the opportunity with a career-best performance.

Brad Lester rushed for 91 yards and two TDs on seven carries. Tre Smith added 52 yards and a TD on seven runs while Carl Stewart added 51 on eight carries. Even Tristan Davis got into the act with a 52-yard TD run for Auburn's ninth touchdown and its seventh rushing touchdown of the game as Auburn improved to 5-0 all-time vs. MAC opponents.

"I want the others competing to get to where Kenny is," said Gran, who watched his backs total 390 rushing yards as the Tigers finished the day with 572 yards of total offense as the offensive line dominated Ball State's defense.

However, the improved running was not just due to improved line blocking. The tailbacks were in an attack mode not seen in the first two games.

"I think you saw each of them take a step up," Gran said. "That is what I am excited about."

Irons said after the game he isn't taking anything for granted. "I don't know if I am the starter or not, but I do know that I am going to keep working hard to get better no matter when I go into the game."

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