While he wasn’t as well-known across the country for his play, the loss of fullback Jay Prosch is also a huge one heading into 2014, but offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said the duo of Brandon Fulse and C.J. Uzomah are just the right guys to pick up where Prosch left off.
Those two guys have been really good,” Lashlee said. “I have no issues with them knowing what to do. I've been really please with Brandon Fulse the first four days, he's done a great job. I'm excited he's got 20 whatever more practices we have to keep working it, but I feel like he's going to be a good job.
"He doesn't need to be Jay, he needs to be Brandon," Lashlee said. "He's got certain strengths that are really good and he's got other areas he needs to improve on. And we'll do our best to get him better and do what he's best at but he's doing a really good job as is C.J.
“C.J.'s got so much versatility, I mean he's played quarterback in high school and since he got here he's played everywhere so he's done a really good job at that position as have others. Behind them we have a bunch of guys rotating. I've been pleased with those guys the first four days, it's just going to be a process for them to keep getting better because Jay was pretty darn good."
Trimming to 268 pounds from the 278 he weighed earlier this year, Fulse made huge strides forward in the spring as he adjusted to more of a fullback role than the true tight end position he manned the first three years at Auburn. Helping his transition is already having a little history at the spot his freshman season when Malzahn was in his last year as a coordinator with the Tigers.
Back then Fulse was more of a pass catcher than a blocker, something he has worked hard to change since the end of last season when he knew his role was going to change.
“I’m just trying to mimic Jay,” Fulse said. “I’ve been watching some last year film with Jay Prosch just trying to get the blocking down on what he does because he’s a physical guy. I’m trying to be as physical as Jay Prosch. That’s mostly the main thing I’m working on this training camp.”
While he admits that he’ll never enjoy the hitting part as much as Prosch did, Fulse said for him it’s just another part of his job as senior leader for Auburn in 2014 and he’s looking forward to getting it done.
“I’m enjoying it because I have to do it, I want to do it,” Fulse said. “The team is looking forward to me taking that role, filling the shoes of Jay Prosch. I think I’m going to enjoy hitting people this year.”