Veteran RB Happy With First Scrimmage

Running back Brad Lester takes a look at Auburn's first scrimmage from an offensive point of view.

Auburn, Ala.--The story of the preseason on offense for the Auburn Tigers is without a doubt the battle for the starting quarterback job between Kodi Burns and Chris Todd. Normally the first scrimmage is a time to begin to separate first and second team players, but in Brad Lester's mind both guys continue to impress and show they belong with the starting unit.

"Both of them looked good," Lester said. "Kodi threw the ball well. They didn't really run much because they were non-contact, but they looked good today. The offense did real well. We had a lot of big catches and receiving yardage."

There are no questions at the running back position as Lester and Ben Tate are thought of as co-starters for the Tigers. With Tristan Davis a solid number three that leaves true freshman Eric Smith as the fourth guy on the depth chart, but Lester said it doesn't mean he can't play as they found out on Saturday.

"Eric got a lot of carries," Lester said. "He probably got the majority of the carries. Eric looked real good. I'm real excited about Eric. I didn't know he could play like that. I think Eric is going to be good for us.

"He's real patient," he added. "He seems like a running back kind of like Rudi Johnson was. He's real patient and a big guy. He's real physical."

Brad Lester scores a touchdown during Saturday's scrimmage.

Smith wasn't the only player making noise as offensively it was a big play fiesta on Saturday. "I can't even describe how many big plays there were because there were some many of them," Lester said. "Ben had a big play. I had a big play. Eric had a long run. We looked real good overall. Philip Pierre-Louis looked good. Quindarius Carr looked good. Tristan Davis did real good. Overall the offense looked great."

With one scrimmage in the books the Tigers will get back to work on Sunday in preparation for scrimmage number two on either Friday or Saturday. Lester said while the practices have worn him and the offense out each day, the end result on Saturday makes it all worthwhile.

"It shows the hard work we've put in really pays off," Lester said. "It's carrying over to the field. I think we're farther along as compared to last year. We weren't able to move the ball like we were today. I think we got a lot better."

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