Memorable Finish For Senior Kevin Sears

The Auburn linebacker talks about another Auburn football victory over Bama.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Growing up in Russellville, Kevin Sears understands the significance and intensity of the Auburn-Alabama rivalry.

The linebacker has had a disappointing season. It opened with a suspension for a team rules violation and and after missing half the season he suffered a hamstring injury that limited his chances to contribute his senior year.

Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said that the Auburn coaches knew that Sears could be a key component of the defense when he was healthy. That finally happened on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He chipped in with five tackles and a fumble recovery in extensive playing time at middle linebacker.

"I was full speed for the first half, but my hamstring injury came back on me in the second half, but I am okay," Sears said. "I am just feeling pretty good right now."

Sears lines up against Alabama for the last time.

Sears noted the 22-15 victory over Alabama will make the Thanksgiving dinner taste better in the short term and in the long run will be something he will always remember.

"Man, it is crazy getting five straight (wins) vs. those boys," the redshirt senior noted. "That is hard to do. That is something we worked hard for and now we have done it.

"Winning five in a row is something you don't really think about in the Iron Bowl because usually it is a back and forth series, but we worked hard and made it like this."

Sears said he was proud of his fellow seniors for helping the team pull out of the funk after a disappointing loss to Georgia a week earlier. "We had to step up and say something to the boys," Sears noted. "Anytime you lose you are going to have guys doubting themselves. We told them to pick themselves up and get ready for this game and that is what we were able to do.

"Playing fast and physical is why we won the game," Sears added. "It is hard to beat a football team that is running all over the field playing that way."

Sears and his teammates have the week off from classes and practices before returning to practice in December to prepare for a yet determined bowl game.

"I am looking forward to that Thanksgiving dinner, especially the way my family can cook," he said with a smile. "I am going to enjoy this Thanksgiving."

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