Aug. 5, 2013
C.J. Uzomah is all over the place at Auburn's practice and lineup (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's C.J. Uzomah is playing tight end. And H-back. Outside receiver. Slot receiver.
C.J. Uzomah is a man for all positions, the guy who replaced Philip Lutzenkirchen at tight end at midseason last year, could spell Jay Prosch at H-back this year and is athletic enough to see time at wide or slot receiver.
Good thing he has a general idea of all things offense, considering he had to know what everybody was doing when he was a high school quarterback when he wasn't a high school running back or high school wide receiver or high school slot receiver, which he was...on the same series in a game-winning drive.
Did somebody mention he threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lutzenkirchen when Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator in 2011? Well, he did.
Uzomah isn't alone at all those positions these days. How could he be?
"I think they're utilizing everybody in position to help the team, so I'm really excited about it," he said.
"It can be overwhelming at times, but we walk through everything."
Uzomah is a big, versatile target at 6-foot-4, 258, a guy who once passed and ran for 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior at North Gwinnet High School in Suwanee, Ga.
Uzomah worked mostly at tight end and H-back in the spring. He's expanded his horizon through three days of fall practice.
"We have him standing up, we have him with his hand down, he's very flexible, he gives us a lot of flexibility in our offense," said coach Gus Malzahn. "He's also very experienced playing H-back, so we're just trying to evaluate all of our guys, and we're trying to mix and match, and once we figure out our plan moving forward, like I said, hopefully, that'll let us know."
Uzomah is ready for the rotation.
"There's a lot of moving around and we have to know big picture play, so I think that's going to help us in the long run," Uzomah said. "Again, I'm just trying to do my best for whatever they ask me for the team."
Uzomah said he's been impressed with the four quarterbacks vying for the starting job.
"I was surprised at how well they threw it, to be honest. I thought coming out, first day in pads, outside in the heat, there would probably be some issues, but I think once we got the kinks worked out in the individual stuff, in 7-on-7s and 1-on-1s, the team periods looked really good," he said.
Charles Goldberg writers for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine