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Auburn's C.J. Uzomah looking forward to Top 3 clash
Oct. 9, 2014

C.J. Uzomah makes the catch to send Auburn past Mississippi State in 2013

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  That game-winning catch with 10 seconds left that beat Mississippi State last year? No, C.J. Uzomah says he doesn't have it on his DVR speed dial.
"I didn't really get to look at it too much last year. This year, he only time I've seen it was someone tagged me in something on Instagram and they're like, 'This is what happened last year. Expecting the same result.'
"I don't really look at it too much. I try to continue to look forward and not sidetrack myself."
Uzomah only has to look to Saturday to stay focused. No. 2 Auburn is in a rematch at No. 3 Mississippi State, and the nation will see if Auburn can keep it up, and if Mississippi State is for real. Last year, Auburn, barely, beat State 24-20.
"I know they have probably circled me and put an 'X' by my name saying 'take him out.' I'm sure they are well aware," Uzomah said.
State only has to watch last year's game film of Uzomah scoring, or, for that matter, last week's game film of Auburn's 41-7 win over LSU to watch Uzomah again.
Last week, it was a 9-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall. He even did the Lutzie after scoring to honor and remember Philip Lutzenkirchen. Against State last year, it was an 11-yarder from Marshall at the end.
In Uzomah's scrapbook, that catch is "still No. 1 for sure because that was awesome. That was to break the SEC losing streak that we had. It was awesome to be able to do that in Jordan-Hare and get our first SEC win of the year. That was huge for me."
Uzomah caught 11 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns last season. He has four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns this season. On a team in which tall, rangy wide receivers can jump up and grab headlines, Uzomah finds catches as a tight end where he can. 
He found two against LSU as Gus Malzahn said the offense turned in its best performance of the year.
"That was something he emphasized the entire week and we had the best week of practice," Uzomah said. "Then we go out and execute the way we did. 
"I think that helps our confidence going into a game like this a lot."
Uzomah said he likes the feel of the team. Against LSU, "we were kind of on the sidelines having a good time."
"We are having fun playing the sport we have played since we were 6 years old. I remember looking at the offense, especially, and there were a lot of smiles on the sidelines. I think playing in big games is something we have come to enjoy and something we’re really used to. We play in the SEC, the best conference in college football, so we’re used to that week in and week out. It’s something we have kind of embraced."

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