"You can really see the focus coming out," says Stewart, a senior running back. "The coaches have really stepped up their game and the players on the field are moving at a faster and faster pace getting ready to go."
Last year in Auburn's 22-15 victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Stewart's 37-yard catch and run set up the winning touchdown pass from Brandon Cox to Prechae Rodriguez. Stewart then threw a pass for a two-point conversion to Lee Guess.
"They came out with a hyped crowd in a real hostile environment," Stewart remembers. "We came out and executed, made them all quiet and we came out with a W."
Stewart says he and the other seniors are doing what they can to make sure the younger players on the team understand the importance of the regular season finale vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide, which will bring a 6-5 record into the game following a 21-14 loss on Saturday while the Tigers took the week off.
"I think they are starting to get an understanding of the importance of this game," Stewart points out. "We have harped on that and how we need to execute and go out with a big one because of how big this game is."
Carl Stewart is a fifth-year senior.
The Auburn senior says the hype over the Tide's first-year head coach, Nick Saban, has not gone unnoticed. "We hear all about, but we don't let that get to us. We just need to go out and execute regardless of who they have got coaching
"We have been watching a lot of film," Stewart says. "They have a very organized defense over there. They are really disciplined. We are going to have a good game plan for them."
Stewart says watching video of the 2007 Tide, the group has a different look. "There are a lot of new faces over there," he says. "We just have to be ready for them."
The running back and his teammates had Friday and Saturday off. They will return to the practice field on Sunday to begin preparations for the Tide game, which kicks off next Saturday at 7 p.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium.