Lester's Return Excites Auburn Lineman

Auburn, Ala.--Center Jason Bosley says he is pumped up that fellow junior Brad Lester back will be back in the huddle with him this weekend as the Tigers take on Vanderbilt.

Lester will make his 2007 debut on Saturday as the Commodores come to Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium for an 11:30 a.m kickoff. The tailback missed the first five games of the season due to an academic suspension, but he is still Auburn's most experienced tailback.

"It's exciting," Bosley says of Lester's return to game action. "I have been asking him every week, ‘When are you coming back? When are you coming back?' Finally he is coming back. He is a playmaker. He scores touchdowns."

Lester has averaged 5.2 yards per carry and 15.4 yards per reception for the Tigers. He has scored 14 rushing touchdowns, two on passes and one on a kickoff return.

"He is so quick and he just hits the hole, especially when you get out in open space and he is behind you he sets up the block real well and he will cut it right off you," Bosley says of Lester. "He hits it so fast and just keeps his feet moving and runs over people."

Brad Lester scores a touchdown in Auburn's victory over Alabama last season.

The Tigers are looking for their third straight victory this week after defeating Florida 20-17 last Saturday night. It was a memorable win for Bosley for more than just the final score after he hit a Gator defender who took a cheap shot at quarterback Kodi Burns.

"I lost my head there for a second," he says. "I got chewed (by the AU coaches), but when they hit Kodi like that it was just a gut reaction. You have got to protect your quarterback. Looking back, I should have kept my cool, I shouldn't have hit the guy, but in the heat of battle things happen.

"I could have gotten thrown out of the game," Bosley adds. "Something bad could happen and that could really hurt the team so I just my head better next time."

Bosley says the crowd at Florida Field made it difficult to communicate for the Auburn offense. "It was the loudest since I have been starting," the center says. "There were a couple of times I couldn't even hear Brandon's (Cox) cadence and he was right on top of me so that's pretty loud."

The center says Auburn's three freshmen starters, Lee Ziemba, Chaz Ramsey and Ryan Pugh, handled the situation better than expected and played with a tremendous amount of intensity.

"They did really well," he says. "I was really impressed. It was so loud. I think we only had one communication error when one guy went the wrong way the whole game. For three true freshmen, going into The Swamp, going the wrong way one time out of 70 plays is pretty good."

This week's opponent, Vanderbilt, is off to a good start defensively. The Commodores are giving up 279 yards per game, which ranks 17th nationally. Vandy is also 17th in scoring defense, allowing 16.3 points per outing.

"They have got a good defensive line," Bosley says. "They have got a real good linebacker, No. 47 (6-4, 235 senior Jonathan Goff) who plays hard with good pad level. They are a typical SEC team. You have got to come ready to play or they are going to whip you."

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