Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' spring tight end depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 1, 2014 

C.J. Uzomah is the likely starter at tight end for Auburn in 2014.

LAUREN BARNARD — Auburn University

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice starts March 18. Some positions are set in stone. Some are up for grabs. Auburn beat writer Ryan Black has already evaluated all the personnel groupings on the team (which you can find here), but now he's paring that down even further to account for every individual position, projecting how the depth chart will look when the Tigers get back on the field for the first time since the BCS championship game. The series continues with the tight ends.

Who's Who:

C.J. Uzomah, senior: 11 receptions, 154 yards, three touchdowns

Brandon Fulse, senior: One reception, five yards

Chris Laye, freshman: Seven receptions, 107 yards, two touchdowns (Numbers from senior season at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga.)

Ricky Parks, sophomore: Six receptions, 59 yards, two TDs (Numbers from past season at Northeast Mississippi Community College)

Projected depth chart:

1. Uzomah

2. Fulse

3. Parks

4. Laye

Analysis: There won't be any drama surrounding the starting tight end this spring.

Uzomah was named to the All-SEC second team by the Associated Press at the end of last season despite battling nagging injuries during the year. If he can stay healthy this fall, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him double his numbers in every receiving category.

Those below the North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School alum were already discussed in the H-back depth chart projection.

Fulse is undoubtedly the team's best blocking tight end, while Parks is a bit of hybrid in the sense that he can block and catch equally well. And while it's not likely that Laye will compete for much playing time this fall, enrolling this spring and getting a head start on learning the offense (and adjusting to college life) will be a major help when next year arrives, as both Uzomah and Fulse will have graduated.

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