Auburn's Lester Suspended For Opener

An update is featured on Auburn running back Brad Lester.

Auburn, Ala.--The news for running back Brad Lester is still not fully known but on Friday evening Auburn and Coach Tommy Tuberville announced that the junior would not play in Saturday's season opener while waiting on unresolved academic issues and would remain suspended until those issues are resolved.

Lester, a 5-11, 194 junior, has played in 23 games for the Tigers with three starts. Last season he ran the football 109 yards with an average of 4.9 yards per carry while scoring five rushing touchdowns but was suspended from the 2007 Cotton Bowl game against Nebraska for academic issues.

Lester also caught six passes for 87 yards and one touchdown last season and averaged 26.3 yards on six kickoff returns.

Brad Lester has proven to be a big play man for the Auburn offense.

For his AU career, Lester is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has a total of 869 rushing yards and 139 receiving yards.

With junior tailback Tristan Davis out of action with a broken bone in his foot, the Tigers also have sophomore Ben Tate, redshirt freshman Mario Fannin and senior Carl Stewart, the expected starter at fullback, as other players at the tailback spot.

Auburn and Kansas State will kick off at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the opener for both teams.

Saturday's game vs. the Wildcats will be just the third meeting matching the Tigers of the SEC vs. the visitors from the Big 12 Conference. Auburn won matchups in 1978 (45-32) and 1979 (26-18).

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