Fulse Stepping Up For Tigers

Brandon Fulse stepping up for Tigers in key role as fullback/H-Back as the Tigers get ready to face San Diego State.

Auburn, Ala.--While the talk about quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs got much of the attention coming out of Auburn’s 45-21 win over Arkansas last weekend, the play of the offensive line and H-Back Brandon Fulse was one of the key components to rolling over the Razorbacks in the second half.

A tight end by trade for the first three years of his career on the Plains, Fulse took over the role of Jay Prosch in the spring and has bought in with enthusias . Capable of being physical and athletic enough to get to the edge against smaller defender, Fulse has already earned the respect of his teammates and coaches said Gus Malzahn.

“There's no doubt it's a 'dirty work' role,” Malzahn said. “He's done a very good job up to this point.”

Much like Auburn’s offense as a whole, it took Fulse a little while to get settled in against the Razorbacks last week as well. However, once Nick Marshall entered the game and Arkansas had to focus on all facets of Auburn’s offense, things fell into place for the Tigers and Fulse was at the center of the success.

“Overall Brandon had a really good game,” Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “I was really pleased with Brandon. One thing he’s got to work on is just sustaining his blocks, but he made some really good blocks. There’s a couple that he could have maybe just been a little bit better technique and body position or finish better, but for his first game I think he graded out pretty well.

“I think Coach (Scott) Fountain was pleased for the most part. We feel like most of the things that he didn’t do perfect are fixable, it wasn’t deficiencies. Him and C.J. (Uzomah) did a really good job.”

With Auburn’s goal each week to run the football, Fulse will likely be at the center of things the rest of the way for the Tigers. While teams will try to take the running game away and make the Tigers throw the football, Malzahn is going to always lean on keeping the ball on the ground as part of his recipe for success. If that happens you can expect to see No. 11 doing the dirty work time and time again.

“He's really raised his level,” Malzahn said. “He's one of those seniors, and we ask our seniors to have their best seasons and to play better than they've ever played, and he's off to a good start in that category. He's a physical, big, athletic guy and his focus has been very good.”

Fulse and the Tigers take on San Jose State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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