Sears could practice, but wasn't allowed to play in games. He said even though he got plenty of work to get ready to play, he said it took some adjustment to get back to game speed.
"I definitely felt rust out there," the senior said. "A game is a lot different than practice. It really felt good to get out there and get some of that rust off. It just feels good to get back out there running around again," the middle linebacker added with a smile.
Kevin Sears saw his first game action since Auburn whipped Alabama last season.
Sears, a former starter, saw limited action and finished the game with one tackle. His playing time is likely to increase in future games. The person who determines that gave him some advice before he ran on the field for the first time this season in the second quarter.
Coach Willis (linebacker coach James Willis) told me to fly around out there and hit somebody," Sears said. "He told me that is all he wanted to see."
Auburn was sluggish early in the game, much like the crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium. At intermission the second-ranked Tigers led just 10-0 and even though the defense had not allowed a point the Tigers didn't look sharp on that side of the football.
"The first half we played with no emotion," Sears said. "The second half we played with emotion and you could see the difference. In the second half it felt like Auburn football. We were out there running around and having some fun."
The next chance to play Auburn football is just around the corner with a road trip to South Carolina five days away.
"It is going to be more mental this week," Sears said of game preparations. "We have to learn what we are doing for South Carolina and get it done quickly so we will be ready to play on Thursday."
While the defense had a goal of getting better in game four, Sears said the overall performance was an uneven one. "The first half we didn't get better, but in the second half when we came out and played with emotion we got better."