Irons Hopes to Get Re-tuned for Showdown Game

A report features comments from Auburn senior running back Kenny Irons.

Auburn, Ala.--Kenny Irons stayed late after Auburn's first practice for LSU getting treatment from team trainers as he tries to get back to full speed for the Southeastern Conference showdown this Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The All-SEC tailback had a big opening night with 183 yards vs. Washington State, but didn't look like his normal quick self in game two, a 34-0 victory at Mississippi State last Saturday.

Irons was held to just 69 yards on 21 carries vs. the Bulldogs and admits it was a frustrating Saturday as he battled a strained groin muscle and a sore shoulder. He says he felt like he played at 70 percent last Saturday. "I just didn't really have that power," he notes. "I got treatment after the game and today. I am starting to feel better about myself."

"If I was 100 percent, there were a lot of runs I could have made to spark the running game," he says.

Auburn netted just 111 rushing yards as the Bulldogs focused on stopping the run and stopping Irons in particular. However, QB Brandon Cox threw for 277 yards and two TDs as Auburn cruised to victory.

Kenny Irons is shown in action vs. LSU last season in Baton Rouge in AU's overtime loss.

Irons says his injuries were leftover from game one, but predicts he will be full speed when LSU comes to Auburn on Saturday. Irons rushed for 218 yards vs. LSU last year, his career single game high. The tailback says he hasn't thought much about that game. "I am trying to make some new highlights," he says. "It is a new season."

This year's LSU team has been very stingy on defense so far. The Bayou Bengals lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just three points per contest. Irons says he is impressed. "They have got some great guys out there on defense who make plays," he notes.

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