February 14, 2008

Auburn returns loaded backfield

Other than the quarterback position, Auburn's returns plenty of depth and experience on offense including a large and talented group of running backs.

While AU running backs coach Eddie Gran is expecting a lot of competition among his tailbacks, he's also looking for much better execution out of the new spread offense.

"What we're trying to get out of the offense this spring is trying to be perfect and really paying attention to the details of this offense," said Gran. "It's so detailed and you really have to pay attention to the little things for it to be really, really good.

"We had nine days (to install the offense in bowl practice) and we missed some things coaching, I did, that aren't going to be missed in the spring. We're going to demand it."

Auburn's top two rushers from last season - senior Brad Lester and junior Ben Tate - are back and will likely compete for the starting position this spring.

"With Brad being here and being the leader of that group and Ben Tate coming along the way he has, I think we've got a lot of experience," said Gran.

"We've got great competition and in this new offense they have an opportunity to be in space and catch some more balls and really have an opportunity to get some bigger plays."

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