Lester Ready to Run Vs. the Dawgs

Auburn, Ala.--While Georgia has just one football player from the state of Alabama, Auburn has an abundance of connections to the state of Georgia and the University of Georgia.

Offensive line coach Hugh Nall and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp played their college ball for the Bulldogs and seven Auburn starters--Kenny Irons, Rodgeriqus Smith, Jonathan Palmer, David Irons, Aairon Savage, Tray Blackmon and Josh Thompson--are from the Peach State.

Another key contributor, tailback Brad Lester, grew up in Lilburn, Ga., and says he has been thinking about running against the Bulldogs for quite some time.

"We've been feeling this for the last week," Lester admits. "You can't help but think about the game coming up. We're all excited, especially all the people from back in Georgia. We can't wait."

Even though Auburn and Georgia have met on the gridiron 109 times, the rivalry still takes second fiddle in the minds of most Auburn fans to the Iron Bowl. But to Lester, the Georgia game is the one that stands out the most.

"To me, I can't lie, the Georgia game is a little bit bigger for me because that's where I'm from," he says. "Both of them are still important."

Georgia is the next hurdle for Lester and the Tigers in pursuit of a possible SEC Championship or a BCS Bowl Game.

This last Saturday Georgia lost to Kentucky and Alabama got beat at home by a struggling Mississippi State team.

"It's kind of surprising," Lester says. "We wanted them to both win so when we played them it would be bigger."

Lester has eight touchdowns and 667 all-purpose yards, with 416 of those on the ground backing up Irons, who has 687 yards rushing.

"I still don't think we've played our best game yet," Lester notes. "That's bad. We've played 10 games and we haven't played our best game yet. We're hoping this next week and the week after that we show it."

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