Stewart's Versatility Big in Victory

Auburn, Ala.--Junior Carl Stewart wasn't too excited when he was asked to move to fullback prior to the season, but the switch has produced positive results as his role has developed. On Saturday versus Arkansas State his role was to score touchdowns.

"It's something I'm really not used to," Stewart says. He had one rushing TD and another receiving. "They called the plays in the huddle and I was really surprised. I just had to go out there and execute them the way that we practice them."

"You go out and contribute each game, but to actually get some show for it felt really good," he adds.

Auburn led just 13-0 at halftime, but Stewart broke the game open early in the third quarter with a one-yard score where he jumped over the pile. Later in the third he scored on a wheel route on a pretty pass from quarterback Brandon Cox.

"It was just the way it was drawn up," Stewart notes. "Brandon lofted it up right over the DBs head and I just went and got it."

Stewart fights for yardage against the Indians.

As Stewart's run blocking has improved throughout the season, his role and his snaps have increased. He helped Ben Tate run for 93 yards and Brad Lester for 62 yards, and he also has been a big player in the passing game. Against the Indians Stewart had three receptions for 41 yards.

However, even though the Tigers were successful at moving the football for much of the game, it was the same red zone blues as John Vaughn hit field goals of 21 yards and 22 yards after Auburn stalled deep in Indian territory.

"That's one of the glitches about our offense," Stewart says. "We drove the ball down the field and had really good yardage. Then right there at the end right before we finished we shot ourselves in the foot. It's something we need to work on this week in practice because we weren't able get it done."

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