Aug 28, 2013
C.J. Uzomah is on the go, maybe at tight end, maybe at wide receiver, maybe both (Todd Van Emst)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — C.J. Uzomah, a guy who did it all in high school, may be up to some of his tricks. He's listed as a potential starter at two positions on Auburn's depth chart.
He could be your starting tight end, or maybe a starting wide receiver, when Auburn plays Washington State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Brandon Fulse is in a similar position. He's listed as the potential starting tight end and backup wide receiver. There could be plenty of opportunities for a lot of players. The depth chart has four wide receiver spots, plus tight end.
Coach Gus Malzahn knows Uzomah and Fulse. Uzomah was a wide receiver who threw a pass in 2011 when Malzahn was the offensive coordinator. Uzomah is now 6-foot-4, 258 and can block.
"He's very versatile and he gives us a lot of flexibility in our offense," said coach Gus Malzahn after the Tigers released their depth chart Wednesday.
Uzomah is now 6-foot-4, 258 and can block.
"He's starting to play with his hand down and has really improved his blocking," Malzahn said.
Fulse was asked to block much of his career, but Malzahn said his catching has improved.
"I think both of them are very versatile," Malzahn said. "Both of those guys were recruited specifically for our offense.”
Malzahn took a spin through his depth chart after practice:
•On Patrick Miller at right tackle:
"He had a very good spring and then it was open competition...We wanted to open that thing up. We have some depth at different positions."
•On backup offensive lineman Avery Young:
"We have a lot of confidence in Avery. He made that battle interesting. The positive part of the offensive line is we feel like we have quality depth."
•On choosing Chris Davis as the punt returner:
"He's a playmaker. He's got a lot of confidence. He's been the most consistent guy catching the football."
Intercepting passes in the spring and fall from his cornerback position didn't hurt.
•Nick Marshall is the starting QB, but...
" We have three quarterbacks we have confidence who can take the field."
"Those young guys are extremely talented. They’ve shown flashes of being very good. It’s just a matter of those young guys being consistent and being able to play play-in and play-out."
•On freshman wide receiver Marcus Davis being No. 2 on the depth chart:
"He was a high school quarterback. He’s got a real good feel for the game. He’s a very good competitor and he’s made some explosive plays in fall camp and he’s got a chance to be a very good football player."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine