Six Down, Nine To Go For Lester

Brad Lester gives his thoughts on his start this season.

Auburn, Ala.--Starting in place of injured Kenny Irons, tailback Brad Lester had career highs for carries (18) and yards (83) and also added two more touchdowns to his total this season. He scored twice against both Washington State and Mississippi State as well.

"I'm trying to score a lot this season," Lester explains. "I'm hoping I can get at least 15 by the end of the season. I just keep running the ball hard and just for some reason when I get down to the goal line it's always there for me."

Lester running tough against the Bulls.

Even though the Auburn offense struggled early and had just 10 points at halftime, Lester had 34 yards in both the first and second quarters. He only had 15 yards in the second half before giving way to Tre Smith and Ben Tate.

"In the first half it seemed like the emotions weren't there," he says. "It just wasn't the same intensity like we usually have. We came back out in the second half and picked it up a lot. Coach (Al) Borges and coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville) said to pick it up. Coach (Eddie) Gran said keep hitting the holes and it will be there. We had a lot of guys step up like Ben and Tre. Ben had a good day to help us out a lot."

Tate finished with seven carries for 114 yards. By the time he got his carries the Bulls didn't have any gas left in the tank according to Lester.

"When we came out in the second half they were done," he notes. "They didn't have any energy left. By the time the third and fourth quarter came around they were pretty much laying down for us. They came out with a lot of intensity the first half."

Lester, who was making his second career start, says the he was also getting tired in his first game as the go-to back this season.

"I didn't really eat that much this morning so that kind of messed me up," he explains. "I've got to get used game shape because that's the most downs I've played all season. It's just something to get into game shape and I think this was a good game for me to get a lot of reps so I'll be ready for more games just incase Kenny gets injured or something like that."

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