AU Sophomore Wants More From Offense

Tailback Brad Lester is a key member of the Auburn offense.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore Brad Lester says he and the rest of his offensive teammates are looking to make improvements starting with Saturday's homecoming game vs. the Tulane Green Wave.

"Coach (Al Borges) stresses to us what happens in practice carries over to the game days so we have been trying to pick it up and get better in practice," the Auburn tailback says.

Auburn is coming off a 27-17 victory over Florida last week. The Tigers had some success moving the football vs. the Gators, but didn't score an offensive touchdown, something that doesn't sit well with the tailback.

Lester battles for yardage against Florida.

"We looked good against Florida, but we have a lot of room for improvement," he says. "We should have scored a lot more points than we scored.

"I believe our running game is going to get better," Lester predicts. "I also believe our passing game is going to get better."

Against the Gators, Lester carried the ball 17 times for 94 hard-earned yards. He also caught a pass for nine more yards. "I think it was my best game at Auburn and the most reps I have got," he says. "

"They have one of the best run defenses in the SEC," :ester adds. "Every time we tried to run the ball their tackles and linebackers were really physical."

Lester went into the Florida game with a groin muscle problem that has limited him in practice in recent weeks. "It just gets a little irritated some times," he says.

The sophomore says his focus down the stretch run of the regular season is to help the Tigers reach their team goal of winning the SEC Championship. For that to happen, Auburn will need Arkansas to lose at least twice.

"Right now our only goal is to get to the championship game," he says. "I really believe if we keep winning that will happen. Right now we need to worry about us and keep playing hard on Saturdays."

This week's contest is outside the conference as the Tigers take on the 2-4 Tulane Green Wave at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It will be the first time the Tigers have played Tulane in football since the 1955 season.


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