Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' post-spring H-back depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 27, 2014 

According to coach Scott Fountain, senior Brandon Fulse is in the driver's seat at H-back heading into the fall.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the H-backs.

Who's Who:

Brandon Fulse, senior: One reception, five yards

Gage Batten, sophomore: No stats compiled during 2013 season

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)

Pre-spring projection:

1. Batten

2. Parks

3. Fulse

4. Laye

Post-spring projection:

1. Fulse

2. Batten

3. Parks

4. Laye

Analysis: In almost every edition of this series, the projections are nothing more than guesswork on my part. Some, such as quarterback (Nick Marshall) and center (Reese Dismukes) are easier to predict than others.

But every once in a while, we get lucky and one of the position coaches lets the public know how things stand. That's exactly what happened with the H-back spot. My colleague on the beat, James Crepea of the Montgomery Advertiser, caught up with Scott Fountain at the Lower Alabama Auburn Club's meeting in Andalusia, Ala., last week. While there, Crepea got Fountain to shed some light on H-back.

Fountain said Fulse was in the lead, straight-up, while C.J. Uzomah, expected to start at tight end, spent two weeks at H-back and three weeks at tight end while also seeing time at the "5" receiver spot.

Batten got some reps there as well, which leads one to believe he's first in line after Fulse. With Fountain making no mention of Parks, that doesn't seem to bode well for the sophomore's chances at significant playing time this fall — unless he turns things around once preseason camp arrives, of course.

As for Laye, the coaches have been delighted the early enrollee was able to start immersing himself in the offense this spring. Even so, the only way he doesn't redshirt next season is if the Tigers lose both Fulse and Batten to long-term injuries.

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