Tigers Looking For Many Happy Returns

Devin Aromashodu and Brad Lester discuss AU's kickoff return game.

Auburn, Ala.--After four games of the 2005 season Auburn leads the nation in kickoff returns with a 37.3-yard average. Return men Devin Aromashodu and Brad Lester credit running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran for their success.

"Coach Gran puts together a great return package every game against every different team," Aromashodu says. "He works hard and makes things easy for us. It just seems like everything opens up and it's real easy.

"A lot of it is scheme because he sets it up to where he puts a lot of guys one-on-one with blocks," he adds. "It makes the blocks real easy when it's just you and that guy. It's set up at a certain angle and he just makes everything real easy. All you have to do is follow the blocks and hit the hole."

Devin Aromashodu

Aromashodu has five returns for 168 yards, a 33.6-yard average. His long of the season was the opening kickoff against Ball State which went for 52 yards and nearly a touchdown.

Lester has only fielded two kickoffs this year, but has made the most of his opportunities with a 69-yard average. He returned one 93 yards for a touchdown against Ball State, and nearly scored again against Western Kentucky. On a high, short coverage kick, the redshirt freshman still managed a 45-yard return.

Lester says that the success of the return team has come from focus and extra work on special teams. "That is something that Devin (Aromashodu) and I have been talking about at practice," he says. "It isn't an accident because I doubt anybody works harder on it than our team. We have a lot of good athletes blocking for us on the kickoffs so I believe we will continue to do well throughout the season."

Auburn (3-1 overall, 1-0 SEC) faces South Carolina (2-2 overall, 0-2 SEC) Saturday at 6 p.m. CST.

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