"Mind Game" Time, Auburn Senior Says

Auburn runing back Carl Stewart comments on this week's SEC showdown matching Auburn and Georgia.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior fullback Carl Stewart says he is ready for a strong finish for his team and personally as the Auburn Tigers prepare to face their oldest rival this Saturday.

Kickoff time for this week's Auburn at Georgia football game is scheduled for shortly after 2:30 p.m. Central time from Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

Commenting on the key to success for his Tigers, who are ranked 17th and 18th this week as they prepare for the 10th-ranked Bulldogs, Stewart says, "It is going to be a mind game. It has been a long, grueling season. We are going to have to get our second wind back and go out and perform.

"We have shown spots of brilliance this season," he adds. "We just need to have a whole, consistent game--two whole and consistent games."

Stewart scored a touchdown in Auburn's 35-3 victory on Saturday vs. Tennessee Tech on a two-yard run immediately following a 55-yard pass and run in the first quarter. "It was just a little fullback slip play," the senior says. "Their linebackers played really aggressively up near the line of scrimmage and I was able to slip behind them and (Brandon) Cox put the pass right where it needed to be."

The first offense spent most of the game on the sideline, but Stewart says that it was no problem to watch the reserves play extensively. "It was a lot of fun to see that type of excitement from them," points out. "For a lot of guys it was there first taste of playing."

The running back, who was bothered by a hamstring injury throughout preseason and early in the year, says he is moving much better as the Tigers go into their rivalry games at Georgia this week and two weeks later at home vs. Alabama.

"We have three long weeks ahead of us right now getting ready for Georgia and Alabama," Stewart says. "We have a lot of preparation to do."

"I definitely feel like I am 100 percent now," he adds. "It has been a long season for me trying to get through this injury. I think it is all out of the way now."

Georgia will bring a 7-2 record into Saturday's game while the Tigers are 7-3. Both teams are 4-2 in SEC games.

CBS will televise nationally the SEC's oldest rivalry with Verne Lundquist doing the play by play with Gary Danielson the analyst and Tracy Wolfson the sideline reporter. The Tigers are 2-1 in road games with victories at Florida and Arkansas and a loss at LSU.

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