Tigers Turn Their Attention to Tide

A report on the football Tigers features comments from tailback Brad Lester.

Athens, Ga.--When the Auburn Tigers return to the practice field on Tuesday, junior tailback Brad Lester says he is expecting to see an upbeat session despite the hangover from an unexpectedly lopsided loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.

Coach Tommy Tuberville gave his players the day off on Sunday while the coaching staff studied what went wrong in Auburn's 45-20 loss at Georgia. Monday, the normal day off for the Tigers, is being used for position coaches to meet with players to go over the Georgia game and begin preparations for the Iron Bowl, which will be played a week from Saturday in Auburn.

"It is not going to be hard to get ready for Alabama," says Lester, who scored a touchdown vs. the Tide in last year's game in Tuscaloosa, a 22-15 victory for the Tigers who are looking for a sixth straight victory over the Crimson Tide. "We will play with a lot of intensity and we will have a lot of focus in practice," he says. "We will bounce back."

Auburn got off to a slow start vs. Georgia, but took the lead in the third quarter at 20-17 before the Bulldogs took control of the game both offensively and defensively.

Lester, a junior from Lilburn, Ga., says that setback is especially tough to take. "Now I have got to listen to it when I go home, but right now we have to concentrate on coming back strong," he says.

Brad Lester heads to the end zone in last year's Auburn victory over Alabama.

Looking at Auburn's offense, which moved the ball well on its four scoring possessions but struggled on the other possessions, Lester says, "We have to be more consistent. It seemed like we had a rhythm and would lose it. We were going back and forth."

Auburn will bring a 7-4 record into the Alabama game. The Tide, which is 6-4 following a 17-12 loss at Mississippi State, will play a home game this Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe.


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