Lester Trying to Catch On to New Role

Sophomore tailback Brad Lester is trying to find more ways to get the football in his hands.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore tailback Brad Lester, who has struggled with injuries to his hamstring and groin since coming to Auburn, has stayed healthy this spring and is looking to become more involved in the offense.

A definite strength of offensive coordinator Al Borges is calling plays that are geared toward his personnel, and without a proven fullback, players like Lester and tight end Tommy Trott are being used in a full-back like role.

"I talked to coach Gran (Eddie Gran) and I was like, ‘This is the spot I want at the fullback position, running routes and stuff like that,'" Lester says. "There are a lot of plays where I can motion out of the backfield and be in the slot. That's something I always wanted to do. I told him I wanted that role."

Known as the ‘out personnel' when the Tigers go with two tailbacks, Lester says that his duties at the position won't just be about running routes and catching screen passes.

"I'm going to have to do a lot of lead blocking if I'm going to do that position," he notes. "I don't have a choice but to get a lot stronger, faster and bigger over the offseason if I want that spot."

Lester turns it up field in spring practice.

In 11-on-11 drills in Tuesday's practice, Lester went in motion out of the backfield and quarterback Brandon Cox found him wide open down field for what would have been an 80-yard touchdown in a game situation.

"That's part of the out personnel with the fullback being in the slot," Lester says. "That's part of what I'll get to do so I'm looking forward to it."

Lester, who is the backup tailback to Kenny Irons, says he's still trying to catch on to his new ‘F' position. "This spring has been okay, but I think it could have been a lot better," Lester notes. "I'm learning a lot of new stuff at the fullback position.

"The main focus this spring to come in, stay healthy and just try to show the coaches that I can stay healthy and be physical at the same time."

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