2014 Auburn Football Preview: Tight Ends

A preview of Auburn's tight end/H-back position is featured as the Tigers prepare for the 2014 football season.

Auburn, Ala.--Potentially one of the strongest areas of the 2014 Auburn football team, the Tigers should be in good shape at the tight end/H-back spots as they look to defend their SEC championship.

C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse head into their senior seasons as proven performers in those roles and will be backed up by a pair of incoming freshmen.

Uzomah should be bigger and better than ever. Up to 6-4, 265 pounds and full speed again after battling through injuries least season, he has good hands and solid speed that make him a threat in the passing attack.

The extra size and three seasons of experience after making the move from high school quarterback to college tight end have helped him develop the blocking skills Coach Gus Malzahn and his offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee, are looking for at the position.

Uzomah caught 11 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns last season. Those numbers will likely rise this year if the senior is healthy and if quarterback Nick Marshall is improved as much as Auburn’s players and coaches are predicting he will be.

“Offensively, we are going to put up points,” predicts Uzomah, who notes that the Tigers are going to cause matchup problems for opposing defenses with the return of a strong running attack combined with a talented and deep receiver group.

Uzomah himself could cause matchup problems for short linebackers and safeties. On occasion he could line up as a slot receiver or even outside as a wide receiver.

“Nick can run the football and he can throw it deep and throw it short,” the tight end says, noting that opposing defensive coordinators are going to have to be able to defend a variety of big play threats in the 2014 Auburn offense.

Brandon Fulse catches a touchdown pass in the 2013 A-Day Game.

Fulse hasn’t been a major receiving threat so far in his Auburn career, but at 6-4, 272 pounds he has been a force as a blocker. His work as a junior was one of the reasons the Tigers led the nation in rushing.

More help could come from January arrival Chris Laye, who graduated early from?Lambert High in Suwanee, Ga. Laye, who was able to participate in spring training, got a head start on learning his assignments. He is 6-4, 236 pounds.

When preseason drills begin he will be joined by Jakell Mitchell, who graduated this spring from Opelika High. Mitchell missed his senior season with a knee injury, but should be ready for action this fall. Mitchell, who is 6-3, 220, is a versatile athlete with good speed who played a variety of positions in high school.

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