Fulse Takes Pride In Offense's Improvement

The Auburn football Tigers return many key players on offense heading into spring drills, including big tight end/H-back Brandon Fulse.

Auburn, Ala.--A lot of different Tigers played major roles as Auburn won the 2013 SEC Football Championship and set a school rushing record along the way.

Brandon Fulse, who will be joining C.J. Uzomah as Auburn's returnees at the tight end/H-back spots for the 2014 season, is certainly one of those guys.

The 6-4, 263-pound Fulse notes that he enjoyed seeing the offense take off during his junior season after the Tigers struggled to move the football and score points during his sophomore season.

The 2013 Tigers rushed for an average of 328.3 yards per contest, topping the old mark of 312.5 set during Bo Jackson's Heisman Trophy winning season in 1985.

"I feel like I played a big part in our offense's success making blocks to spring Tre (Mason), Corey (Grant), Nick (Marshall) and those guys for big runs," Fulse says.

"I got better during the season on blocking and running routes--really everything," Fulse adds. "I know I didn't have a lot of catches, but I know my blocking got a lot better."

Fifteen different players caught a pass during Auburn's 12-2 season. Fulse had just one reception for five yards vs. Ole Miss and he caught a pass from Ryan Smith for a two-point conversion vs. Mississippi State.

With fullback/H-back Jay Prosch hoping to play in the NFL for the 2014 season, Fulse is a possibility to see some action as a fullback this year in addition to lining up at tight end and on occasion as an outside receiver.

Wherever Auburn's coaches used him last season, he did a good job blocking and notes he and his teammates take a lot of pride in how they handle that assignment.

"When you have dominant blocking like we have it is hard to stop an offense," says Fulse. "You have got me, Sammie (Coates), Quan (Bray), Trovon (Reed), Ricardo (Louis) and others out there on the perimeter blocking." Each of those players is scheduled to return for the 2014 season.

On the offensive line the only regular who must be replaced is left tackle Greg Robinson, who declared for the NFL?Draft after his redshirt sophomore season. "We had Avery (Young), Chad (Slade), Reeese (Dismukes), who is leader of the offense, along with Alex (Kozan) and Greg (Robinson) blocking inside and those guys did a great job," Fulse says.

"When you get great blocking from those big hog mollies up front you are hard to stop as an offense and that is how we were able to get rolling," he adds. "We were like a snowball. In the first quarter we are small, but once we get rolling we turn into a big giant ball you can't stop."

Fulse and his teammates are currently in the offseason portion of their workouts as they prepare for spring drills, which will open on Tuesday morning.

When spring training arrives Fulse will have a great opportunity to show he is ready for an even bigger role in the offense this fall, something his position coach, Scott Fountain, says he is hoping will happen for the big senior.

Fans can get their first look at the 2014 Tigers on Saturday, April 19th at the annual A-Day, which will kick off at 2 p.m. that day at Jordan-Hare Stadium.


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