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Auburn's Brandon Fulse catches Gamecocks off guard
Oct. 26, 2014

Auburn's Brandon Fulse cradles his first career touchdown catch in Saturday's win over South Carolina

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  There was no way Brandon Fulse was going to drop this pass, the one he had waited for for so long. 

"I was like, 'no one is ripping it out. I'm not dropping it. I'm going to catch it.'"
The Auburn tight end caught it for his first career touchdown in Saturday's 42-35 win over South Carolina. He added another catch, too. Both were significant because they were the first two passes he's caught this season. 

They were also the first two passes thrown his way all season.

The two catches doubled his total of last season, and doubled his total from 2012, for that matter.

Fulse's primary job is to block every week, often an unsung necessity in Gus Malzahn's offense. He had been mostly doing that since his last catch against Georgia last season. But even that one was unexpected, coming on a two-point pass play from holder Ryan White.

On this Saturday, in a game of bold calls and trick plays, Fulse's touchdown catch was as surprising as any. It was a 3-yard pass from Nick Marshall late in the first quarter to end an impressive 11-play, 92-yard drive. 

"We've been practicing that play all year. It's the first chance we've gotten a chance to run it," Fulse said.

He caught a career-best 24-yard pass later, raising his career total to six catches.

Fulse knows his job is pass-catcher can be fleeting.

"Some games will be my games. Some games won't. It was just the preparation of the week," he said. "We wanted to spread LSU out. We wanted to spread Mississippi State out. But this week we wanted to pound South Carolina. This week was my week."

Fans may look at only at Fulse's catches. Malzahn looks at more.

"Brandon has been a factor up to this point," Malzahn said.

But on Saturday, the pass to the tight end was there.

"That is what they were giving us," Malzahn said. "We caught them on a wheel route and hit Sammie (Coates) early. We saw that he was open, so we came back and checked that, and he had a good touchdown catch."

Auburn mostly relied on its running game to find its playmakers Saturday. But it didn't forget about its tight end, either.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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