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3.12.2009

Brad Lester speaks

Hey everyone. As part of our continuing coverage of Auburn's Pro Day festivities, let's take a gander at tailback Brad Lester.

(He's a man so fast my camera can't catch him.)

Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
40 time: 4.48 sec
Vertical: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 10-foot-4
Bench press: 18 reps of 225 pounds

I thought he looked pretty good at the event. He's clearly in shape and focused on marketing himself. That's a change, at least in my mind, because I didn't think he played very hard last season. Injuries were an issue. Still, Lester's poor senior season went beyond physical problems.

He seemed listless to me during the season's second half. I didn't get that sense Thursday.

Here's what he had to say:

On a surprising weight-lifting performance: ``Actually, when I was working out all offseason on it, I was getting like 22, 23. I guess since we did it at the end of workouts today it was hard to get as many, but it was still a good amount."

On people watching him so closely at the event: ``For a lot of guys it’s tough but I came in with the mindset that once I start my drills, block everybody out and just focus on myself and just do the best that I can."

On being anxious: ``I was really nervous. I actually threw up like two or three times before I got here. I was pretty nervous but once I got started and ran my 40, I was alright."

On not being an anxious person by nature: ``It actually surprised me. I couldn’t sleep most of last night and then woke up throwing up this morning. I was surprised myself, but I still came out and performed well and that’s all that mattered."

On how important Pro Day was for him: ``That’s why it was so important and I guess it’s why I was so nervous because I knew how much today could help me potentially get drafted."

On his performance: ``Yeah, I feel like I did pretty well and set myself with a chance to get drafted by somebody."

On his 40 time: ``I felt very comfortable. I used the techniques that I was taught all offseason and I thought today was very productive overall."

On if he'll be drafted: ``I’m pretty confident I will. If I don’t, it’s just going to motivate me to work harder as a free agent and try to get on somebody’s team in mini-camp. But I’m hoping to be drafted."

On where he's working out: ``I was in Atlanta, but I moved up to New Jersey with Joe DeFranco. It’s me, (USC linebacker) Brian Cushing and Tony Fiametta, the fullback from Syracuse. We’re all working together."

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Blogger mytommyd said...

I wonder if there are any AU football players on the baseball team (No I don't follow AU baseball like I probably should)? And if there are, what an odd thing to want to prop up your teammate, then hope he gets stomped down in the fall. It's just...... weird.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Andrew are you a Brit?

10:03 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Do you guys remember that Bama cheerleader dude that was interviewed at a game that had went to Auburn and was an auburn fan. then Bama kicked him off the squad. Stay Classy Bama!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

i was thinking about that when i was reading the article Harrison. it didn't help the guy's cause that Adrian Karsten was interviewing him on ESPN saying both WDE & RT.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I guess that was stupid of him. A fan of both teams makes me sicker/madder than anything. I just vomited in my mouth

10:08 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Never found my HD Raycom broadcast last night. What a bummer.

I realllly wish I could live blog this AU-UF game from the house tonight. Sadly, I have to take call-ins. They usually slow around 9:30, though, so maybe we can work the second half.

Blogging from the kitchen table should be the ultimate sports-writer indignity. I'll take those lemons and make lemonade!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

better yet, Italian Limoncello

10:17 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Maybe I'm the dumb guy here, but what are call-ins?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

I say four football players -- maybe Ziemba, A.C. (kinda of a We Are the World moment), Eltoro and Hot -- drive onto the playing field at Plainsman Park during a game, drag Sanders' @$$ off the diamond, toss him in the trunk and drive him to Tuscaloosa and sling him out at the base of Denny Chimes.

Heed the Good Book: A little leaven spoils the whole barrel.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

when guys like me call in their high school scores to the papers

10:25 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Negative. Not a Brit. Just enjoy that word every now and again.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

A few of my friends are Kiwis and I picked it up from them several years ago.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Harrison ... there are handfuls of high school baseball, softball, soccer scores "called in" each night to get their scores in the paper.

To wit:

Harrison scored 17 goals, punched the officials, stripped for the cheerleaders and sold hot dogs at halftime as Harrison Tech defeated Michael State 17-0 in a soccer game here Friday night.

Someone had to call that in to the paper, and some poor schmo had to pick up the phone and take down the info.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Nooj4AU(qualify tyrick!) said...

I say sanders on a stick is called for! This agression will not stand man , it will not stand .

10:33 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I think Joe Sanders needs professional help, but there's no way I'd hate him. He's an Auburn student, is a HUGE part of the current Auburn baseball team. and has enough respect to not desecrate the hallowed grounds of the Plains with his ugly bammer gear. Yeah, he needs help overcoming the brainwashing his daddy gave him, but I can't hate an Auburn athlete.

10:36 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Morning HOTTIES!

What's on Tap for today?

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay....Of course the game blog would be better with your insight, but we'll survive....you've taught us well. There are several BBall Hotties that can provide good insight in your stead.

I made the mistake of turning to the 'Cuse-UConn game whilst prepping for bed and ended up watching the last 4 OTs. The Big East teams have instinctive BBall skills that are not so prevalent in the SEC. Kinda like a Pro Baseball infielder compared to a litle league infielder. The SEC BBall athletes are impressive.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mobilz......I think the word for the day is HATAGATA.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

we didn't have any HD for yesterday's SEC games but we will today! yahoo!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

ouch call-ins sounds like it sucks. Are they from any ole' redneck? cause that could be interersting at least.

Go Harrison Tech, although Jet there is no soccer at Harrison Tech. Only real sports. (no offense to soccer fans)

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bammers = self-induced arrogance, borne of ignorance

Gay-tors = pure arrogance. The kind that needs to be beat out of them.

PF and Wake....I lived in So Fla for 3 years, so I'm with ya...

10:53 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

i'm looking forward to the UK-LSU game coming up in an hour. GO CATS!

10:59 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Got You HOOPIE!

Go AU beat the Crockadles!!!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

who is streaming the video of the games today online? anyone have a link? if it's on cbssports.com i'm missing it. secsports.com has audio only.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Hoopie, glad to have you on board.

Sleeping last night was an utter failure, was up till 5 A.M. I blame the excitement of the 'Cuse game. I was supposed to take a very important test today for my career field this morning, opted to wait two weeks rather than take it on 2 hours of sleep.

I had a friend at Auburn who had grown up a infidel. We all accepted him as one of our own and thought he had seen the faults of his uprising. It broke my heart when his dad came to town and he wanted to know if we knew which bar would be playing the Bama game so he and his dad could watch.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Sorry for the tears guys, I still get a little emotional.

11:23 AM  
Blogger ballin said...

Every baseball team in the SEC has several players that cheer for a different team than their own for football. I don't like it but thems the facts.

11:39 AM  
Blogger AUjunkie said...

I can understand why the kid would still play for AU baseball but love UA football... My son is on his way to playing college baseball and he is Dyehard Auburn fan but if UA wants him and AU doesn't We will be at the Auburn football games cheering but have to cheer for that other team in the spring.... it would be hard to say the least but would do it...

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No SEC games were on my cable last night and I assume the same for tonight. ESPN 360 will have the game for those that can get it.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

ESPN 360 is the reason Comcast is no longer in my house. It is a perk like none other, that and all those free ATT hotspots.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

we have Comcast internet so we can't get ESPN.360. it stinks.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Scottie, I'd seriously take a look at the ATT DSL. Where I am it's faster than the Comcast cable, it's cheaper and you get the perks of ESPN 360 and access to the hotspots.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weed is the Answer for California Economy?

Too funny not to share on a Friday.

12:04 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

i have comcast out here with espn gameplan. i'm getting the games. i don't know how fast att is, i run at 100mbps and it seems pretty fast to me.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

thanks Seanzie, not a bad idea.

here in Knoxville if you have Comcast you can't access ESPN360. i've tried but it's blocked. stupid monopoly.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Anybody that lives in Auburn on here have satellite tv/net??

12:09 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Game face activated. SUIT UP HOTTIES!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Yes, it is HATAGATA Day!

Scottie B ... I disagree ... Go LSU! Corndogs for all!

We need chalk ... not upsets. We need UK out of the picture.

If TurboProp were to suffer Traumatic Brain Injury, and for some reason wanted to go to UAT to play something or do something, well, I'd miss not seeing the boy again.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

So far UK is looking silly and that is not good for Captain Bill.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I am really bothered bythe black uniforms worn by UK, UF,NY Met and other teams who's colors do not involve black.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Jet, i'm slightly torn. i went to grad school at UK. watched a lot of game up at Rupp Arena during the Tayshaun Prince years.

it won't break my heart if they lose but i can't cheer for them to lose. that make sense?

12:28 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

those black jerseys are repulsive. i agree.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Peter F ... adding black as an alternative color is an abomination before me.

12:37 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Jet,
Wouldn't Turbo Prop have a hard time playing the drums at UAT with broken hands?

12:43 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Scottie ...

Choose this day whom ye shall serve.

You cannot have two masters.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

What $#%#$%#$ hands, J-Z?

12:44 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Nice...hard to be rhythmic with nubs.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Jet, my master is clad in orange and blue. let there be no doubt!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Will said...

UNC/ Vtech shaping up for a good finish. Tech by 1 under a minute

12:54 PM  
Blogger Will said...

UNC by 1 31 secs. VTech timeout.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Will the threadkiller strikes again.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

stop the madness Will!!!!!!!!

1:01 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

GOOD VATECH LOST

1:05 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Yup the last thing AU needs to some stupid ACC cinderella champ

1:05 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Glad to see the officials step in and, ahem, swallow their whistles.

1:07 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Hey gang! What's happening?!

1:12 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Good day for AU's dancing hopes today...Va Tech lost, Minneosta lost, both legit bubble teams.. ESPN's Joe Lunardi who predicted all 65 teams corrected last year (look it up if you don't beleive me)
He says the winner of UF/AU game goes to the NCAA's

1:15 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Ok, that's two comments from two different sites I've seen about the officials giving UNC the game. Conspiracy?

1:16 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Lunardi does a lot of changing his mind in the run up to selection day, no?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Hornet said...

Geaux Tigers.....ugh, I feel so dirty

1:19 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

This game is on the other side of the bracket, I'm not too concerned with it, if we have to play either we will already be in the NCAA tournament.

1:19 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

Jay, I know you write stories and stuff but what happened to your OCD on not allowing the thread to get over 200 comments..I mean I am currently unemployed so all I have to do is stalk the HABOTN and you ain't got a new thread up yet...shameless..love your work tho man..

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

pf ... UNC up one in the final second with a foul to give. VT throws the ball into the lane to their scorer, 3 guys jump on him with 4 seconds to go to burn the sixth foul.

The call? Held ball. UNC possession. Seth Greenberg was about to have a stroke.

1:27 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

hmmm..conspiracy for sho..

1:31 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Maybe UNC is just that good. Did ya ever think about that?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Michael,

Thinking is out of the question.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Seth Greenberg seems like a pretty laid back, level headed fella.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Just another note on last nights game, Syracuse shot 23 of 26 from the free throw line.

I have watched Auburn Basketball all season, so naturally I think that is impossible.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Will,

Seth is ... in a myocardial infarction about to happen kinda way.

1:49 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Jet, you are just a mucubial dilentrum.

1:51 PM  
Blogger michael said...

But don't get all aploctic about it.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Best prank ever: From the old sitcom Just Shoot Me. The ditzy drunk character had a "Word of the Day" calendar, which she worked into conversations each day. The David Spade character and the photog figured this out, and made a fake calendar with made-up words. Hilarity ensues.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Anybody got a UK/LSU score update they'd like to share? Thanks.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Which is worse Greenberg or Gus Johnson?

1:58 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Corndogs 60, Billy "Get out of Your Dreams, Get into Your Movin' Van" Gillipsie 51 with 1:25 to go.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Hornet said...

D Miller -- LUS up 10 late

2:02 PM  
Blogger Will said...

speaking of pranks, did you see the on online about the guy who "made" the half court shot blindfolded for $500,000? it was payback for a prank he played on his buddy.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Yeah that prank was legendary.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Hornet said...

LUS = LSU ; I always feel like the king of typos on HABOTN

2:06 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

GOODBYE Kentucky

2:08 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Corndogs 67
Where is Tubby? 58

2:09 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Will. that may be the greatest prank of all time. There is on on you tube where some guys taped the previous days lottery drawing, then bought those numbers and gave it to a guy and replayed the tape and he thought he had won the lottery. It was spectacular

2:09 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

UK fans are starting to miss Tubby.

2:11 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Look up "Prank Wars" on college humor. That is where the half court shot came from. The proposal at Yankee Stadium is incredible also.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I remember when Kentucky was good.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

it was me JG. the decline started when i finished grad school.

kentucky's shame is my shame.

2:25 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Isn't Monica a big fan of that Mad Money guy? Does she know Jon Stewart has been trashing him mercilessly?

2:29 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

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2:29 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I also lived in KY when i was a young lad. I used to like UK basketball, but it is ruined now.

2:37 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I lived in KY for a couple of days. A guy bet me I couldn't live in the stuff for a week. I was in deep KY too; I had to breathe through the straw. Anyway, I gave up after two days, and I was going to have to give the guy my dirt bike. Luckily, his principle, Mr Belding, walked up and heard about the bet, and he gave the guy detention and I got to keep my dirt bike. It was awesome!

2:50 PM  
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