SEC Honors Tiger Tailback

Auburn, Ala.--Brad Lester, who scored three touchdowns in Auburn's victory over Ball State, has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman Football Player of the Week.

Lester ran the ball seven times for 91 yards and two scores on Saturday. He also became the first Tiger to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Tim Carter did it vs. LSU 2000.

The 5-11, 191-pounder from Lilburn, Ga., had the longest run for an Auburn player since Carnell Williams raced 80 yards for a score in 2003. Lester ran a 70-yarder vs. the Cardinals. His kickoff return covered 93 yards.

"I like Brad's explosion and his ability to hit the holes hard," says Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran, who notes that Lester's playing time should increase.

Brad Lester runs vs. Ball State in Auburn's 63-3 victory over the team from the Mid-American Conference.

The redshirt freshman entered the season as a fourth stringer after missing all of spring practice with a groin pull and hamstring injury. He got off to a strong start in preseason drills this August, but was sidelined again by a hamstring problem and was not full speed when the season began.

Gran says he expects Lester to improve with more playing time. He has run the ball 13 times for 125 yards.

Lester's 70-yard run was the third longest by an Auburn freshman. Travis Tidwell has the record at 80 yards vs. Furman in 1946 and Bobby Freeman ran 79 vs. Wofford in 1951.

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