Sears Says He Learned a Lesson

Senior linebacker Kevin Sears discusses about his suspension and getting back on the field.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville, who is more media-friendly than many other coaches, announced on Sunday that the suspension of linebacker Kevin Sears is over with and the senior will be back on the field for Auburn's game against Buffalo on Saturday.

Rather than avoiding any discussion of the situation, Sears also talked to the media about getting back on the playing field.

"Coach Tubs pulled me to the side today and told me that he had cleared me to play," Sears said. "That was pretty much it, but I'm excited to finally be out there. It's going to feel great to get out there and run around and play with all of my boys."

Instead of picking and choosing the games that Sears sat out based on the strength of opponents, Tuberville made Sears sit out games last year against Georgia and Wisconsin as well as the first three games of this season, which included LSU.

Sears making a tackle against Western Kentucky last season.

"It gave me a chance to learn my lesson and have time away from playing something I love to do," Sears adds. "Any time you take something that somebody loves to do away from them they want it and they want it even more. I'm just hungry to be out there right now.

"I didn't think I'd be too excited about Buffalo, but I've got to be now because I'm playing," he adds.

Sears, who had played strongside linebacker for most of his career, switched to the middle in the spring. Even as a senior, he will be behind sophomore Merrill Johnson.

"I've got to earn my spot back," Sears explains. "It's part of football. If you do something to mess up you've got to accept it, get out there and see what you can do."

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