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AUBURN — Offensive coordinator Al Borges said he'll continue to "expand" on the use of running back Brad Lester in the passing game.

"Brad Lester is really a good receiver," Borges said. "We've used him in that capacity. He's been effective doing so. We're going to continue to work that."

The junior not only had 68 yards rushing on 16 carries against LSU last week, but he caught five passes for 56 yards. Lester's five receptions are just one short of his total all of last season.

Most of Lester's catches last week were over the middle or in the flats, but coaches want to get Lester the ball on screen passes this weekend against Ole Miss. Borges said screens were not a "high priority" against LSU because of the Bengal Tigers are so good at defending them.

Ole Miss' pass defense is ranked 10th in the SEC, allowing 229 yards a game.

"One of the best things (Lester) does is catch screen passes," Borges said. "He's a good screen runner."

  • Defensive end Quentin Groves realizes that he has just three more games left in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and he doesn't plan on going out 0-2 against his home state schools.

    "We're going to try our best," the senior from Greenville, Miss., said.

    Groves and Auburn lost a shocker to Mississippi State in the third game of the year but have posted a 4-1 mark since then. Groves said he got 20 ticket requests from friends and family for the Mississippi State game. He expects to get 10 to 15 requests for this weekend's game.

  • Defensive end Sen'Derrick Marks is a poker king. Well, among his teammates anyway.

    Sometimes on Friday nights, players get together for a poker game. Marks said he dominated the card game before playing LSU. "I beat everybody in poker," the confident sophomore said.

    Ross Dellenger,
    Daily sports writer


    KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's punting Colquitt family will donate $100,000 to their alma mater to endow a football scholarship, athletics director Mike Hamilton said Friday.

    "The Colquitts have made a mark on Tennessee football for more than 20 years," Hamilton said. "This gift ensures they continue to make an impact for years to come."

    UT's "first family of fourth down" has produced four top punters for the Vols — Craig Colquitt (1975-77), his brother Jimmy Colquitt (1981-84) and Craig's sons Dustin Colquitt (2001-04) and current punter Britton Colquitt.


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas will host South Carolina in a nationally televised game on either ESPN or ESPN2, the Razorbacks athletic department said Friday.

    The network will be announced Sunday; the game time remaining the same. Kickoff for the Nov. 3 game is at 7 p.m.


    GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina is preparing for a second straight opponent that coach Skip Holtz says is better than its record indicates.

    And UAB on Saturday hopes to become the second straight little-regarded visitor to come to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and beat the Pirates, much as struggling North Carolina State did last week.

    "You can fall into a similar trap with UAB that you did with N.C. State," Holtz said. "You can take the statistics and records and throw them out of the window."

    The Pirates (4-4, 3-1 Conference USA) fell victim to several mistakes that led to a 34-20 loss to the Wolfpack, and they can ill afford to overlook the struggling Blazers (2-5, 1-2) if they want to remain in contention to win the East Division and reach the league title game.

    From staff, wire reports

    Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
    AP contributed to this report.

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