Brandon Fulse is ready to block, and more, for Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jay Prosch didn't have the stats.
He didn't have a carry all last season and caught just a handful of passes. Oh, but Jay Prosch could block for the Auburn Tigers, and now one of his replacements wants to do the same.
"I'm just trying to mimic Jay," says Brandon Fulse. "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."
Big, strong and unselfish, Jay Prosch was a fan favorite on his way to the NFL. Fulse can grab some headlines, too. A tight end by trade, Fulse's pass-catching ability likely gives Auburn more options than it had with Prosch. Still, Fulse knows what Prosch brought to the Tigers last season.
"Jay was the best blocker in college football," he said.
Fulse said Prosch left him with this advice: The opposition is fresh in the beginning, but "they wear off, so just maintain your physicality and play fast all game. Be strong."
Prosch had five catches last season. Fulse had one. He played some slot receiver last year, but says he'll probably spend most of the time playing Prosch's fullback/H-back role this season. C.J. Uzomah will play the more traditional tight end role. Fulse will show up there, too.
Fulse said nobody liked flattening people as much as Prosch.
"I think that's just a fullback thing."
And now, "I'm enjoying it because I have to do it, I want to do it. 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."
Fulse has bought into his new role. That's good for Auburn, for Prosch helped lead Auburn to the top of the NCAA rushing charts last season.
"This is probably one of the keys besides quarterback," Fulse said. "This is a big role, we open up holes for everybody, and we hit our perimeter blocks for running backs, receivers. We mostly do it all; we go out, catch passes, we do it all, protect for the quarterback, we just do it all for this offense."
Tuesday is Fulse's birthday. It's also the fifth day of preseason practice. Fulse said a happy birthday would involve "just a great day in practice, getting better. That's my main focus this whole year, this is my last year."
So it is. Fulse is all business in football.
"I don't have friends on the field. I'm still trying to fight for that starting job," he said.
"Off the field all the guys are my friends, they're my brothers. I've got some opponents that play on the other side. We're not friends during the game, we're nothing. After the game, we're friends."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine