Notes Part II, Auburn 35, Vandy 7

Auburn, Ala.--News, notes and quotes from Auburn's SEC football victory over Vanderbilt are featured.

AU coach Tommy Tuberville said the return of junior tailback Brad Lester added a spark to the offense in his team's 35-7 victory over the Commodores.

"Brad Lester brings quickness and change of tempo," Tuberville said. "He'll get better. He was nervous. Here is a guy who has been with us for four years and he was nervous like it was his first day playing college football.

Tommy Tuberville is shown in the locker room along with QB Brandon Cox (12) and defensive end Quentin Groves.

"He has been in some tough games and has done some great things for us," Tuberville added. "You're still dealing with young people. He got hit a little bit, and it was good. He'll get better. He's going to help all three of those guys back there and make the entire offense better. We are going to need it for the next six games in terms of trying to keep some consistency on the field."

In other news and notes from Saturday:

*Tuberville has praise for the play of of a junior linebacker. "Chris Evans has been a warrior for us," the coach said. "This kid came into the season second team and has ended up starting most of the games. If anybody has really held this defense together, it is Chris having to play outside linebacker and inside for all of these injured linebackers that we have had.

"Hopefully, we can get Merrill Johnson back soon to help him, but he has done a really good job for us," Tuberville said. Johnson, also a junior, is still sidelined with a shoulder injury.

*Earl Bennett became the all-time leading receiver in Vandy history when he made his first catch with 3:15 left before halftime. However, Auburn was ahead 28-0 at the time. "I thought we did a good job on Bennett," Auburn senior cornerback Pat Lee said.

*In Vandy's eight appearances at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Commodores have lost by double-digits in every game. The closest Vandy has been to Auburn is a 24-14 loss to Coach Shug Jordan's first AU team in 1951.

*Vandy coach Bobby Johnson said he thought his team played hard vs. the Tigers and notes that the home team certainly did. "They came at us and took it to us right away. We had a pretty nice drive in the opening series, we just didn't convert. They made big plays on their opening drive. They were fighting pretty hard. I think the early touchdown took a lot of wind out of our sails."

*Johnson also noted that Auburn took control of the game very early. "I think we all saw the same thing. You have to give credit to Auburn. They came out and got us in the first quarter. They took control of the football game and never allowed us to get back in. They were tougher than we were, more physical and we didn't have what it took to get back in there."

*Vandy safety Reshard Langford said the Auburn offense caused problems for the Commodores. "Auburn did some things differently today than what we saw on film, especially early in the game. They gave us some different looks. We didn't adjust to what they were doing quickly enough."

*Quentin Groves did not play due to an injury to his toes suffered vs. Florida. He had played in 43 straight games for the Tigers going back to the 2004 season.

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