Stewart Ready to Run

Carl Stewart

Sophomore Carl Stewart, who plays both tailback and fullback, comments on the Auburn offense.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges says that he wants to see the Tigers do a better job of running the football as the Tigers prepare for their SEC opener vs. Mississippi State.

That is the kind of comment that excites backup tailback Carl Stewart, who carried the ball five times for 24 yards in Auburn's opening night loss to Georgia Tech.

"With me being a running back, I want that to happen, but if it is not in the game plan it is not in the game plan," Stewart says. "We are going to do what the coaches tell us."

The sophomore, who lines up at tailback and fullback, also caught a pass for a six yard gain vs. Georgia Tech.

"We had bits and pieces, but with a team that blitzes that much, and they did a really good job of blitzing in the right holes on our run game, we really had to kind of pick and choose when we ran the ball," Stewart says.

Carl Stewart is trying to play role similar to what Ronnie Brown did in the 2004 offense.

Auburn's offense, plagued by four interceptions and a lost fumble, scored just two touchdowns despite outgaining Georgia Tech 392 yards to 313. The 23-14 victory for the Yellow Jackets snapped Auburn's 15-game winning streak.

"It was a tough loss for us," Stewart says. "Our game plan was to get on them early. They had a good team and they got on us early because we made a lot of mistakes. It just makes us more hungry for the win this week in our SEC opener. We have to come out and execute the way we are supposed to."

The Tigers will face Mississippi State at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 38-6 home victory over Division I-AA Murray State.

Stewart says the Tigers need to make sure they do a better job of handling the blitz this week and the rest of the season. "It is always something you game plan for," he says. "They did a lot of different things that we should have been ready for. We just made too many mistakes."

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