AUBURN, Ala. C.J. Uzomah felt awful
Back in his home state, the Georgia native was hoping he would be able to impress friends and family on hand for the SEC Championship game on Dec. 7. That never came to pass.
The junior tight end played only one snap, limited due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the Iron Bowl.
I definitely wanted to get out there and help contribute, he said. At the same time, Tre (Mason) was putting the team on his back, the O-line was putting the game on their backs and receivers were making plays. The blocking on the perimeter was superb. So I was like, 'Well, we're pounding it down their throat and we're doing really well,' so I just accepted it.
Uzomah had Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest to thank for being a non-factor against Missouri. As Uzomah described it, the shoulder injury occurred when DePriest hit me out of nowhere when I was blocking on Auburns second possession of the Iron Bowl..
I got a little nicked up and still played the rest of the game, just kind of running off adrenaline, he said. But (the coaching staff) just wanted to kind of play cool with me and make sure I didn't do any further injury to it. But I'm doing a lot better. I've been practicing a lot, so that's good.
Uzomah, who has nine receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns (tied for second-most on the team) this season, said he was confident hed be 100 percent by the time the BCS National Championship game arrives on Jan. 6.