Lester Excited About Direction Of Offense

Running back Brad Lester talks about the 2008 Auburn offense so far in preseason practices.

Auburn, Ala.--Perhaps no player on the Auburn roster is as excited about the start of the 2008 football season than senior running back Brad Lester.

After missing the first six games of last season he still managed to rush for 530 yards and two scores on just 125 carries. A very capable receiver, he also added 10 catches for 82 yards out of the backfield.

If preseason practices are any indication, Lester's numbers could easily equal those this season in short time. Seemingly a perfect fit for his abilities, Lester says despite the notion that it's a passing offense he can't wait to put it into action on the field.

"I love it," Lester says. "He's making it fun for us. It's just going to be a great offense overall for us.

"I feel real confident about the season and I feel like I worked hard during the summer," Lester adds. "I gave Coach Yox (Kevin Yoxall) everything I had in workouts. I'm out here trying to get better so I can have my best season."

So far through six practice days the offense under the direction of Tony Franklin has been pretty crisp considering the circumstances. Normally the defense is well ahead of the offense early in fall camp, but Lester says despite some expected slumps things have done very well in his eyes.

"The first couple of practices have been great," Lester says of the first two full pads workouts. "I think this morning (Thursday) we didn't come out and have as great of a practice as we should have. Coach Tub (Tommy Tuberville) got onto us about it and told us we've got to pick it up. It's true. We made a lot of mistakes this morning we shouldn't have made."

Those mistakes are things that Lester says they are trying to get corrected heading into Saturday's scrimmage, the first of the preseason for the Tigers. With a good idea of the offense after practicing for the bowl game and with a spring practice under their belts, Lester says the Tigers just need to begin getting the speed of the game down and that begins Saturday.

"Like Coach Franklin said we just want to keep everyone healthy," Lester says. "We know the plays but we have to get in a more fast-paced situation. That's pretty much what it is, getting a good look and keeping everybody healthy."

Fast-paced is something you hear quite often when talking to the offensive players about Franklin's system. Always moving with formation after formation to choose from, Lester says if they can keep up the energy required to run the offense correctly he sees no reason why it won't be successful this season.

"It's very fast-paced," Lester says. "If anything it makes the defense more tired than it makes us tired. As long as we're in shape and get adjusted to the offense there are not many teams that are going to be able to stop us."


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