AUBURN, Ala. — With Jay Prosch off to the NFL, the Tigers are looking to fill the H-back slot he vacated.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said that tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse "have been repping there quite a bit" during the first two practices of the spring. Gage Batten, who was Prosch's backup at the spot last year, has been getting time there, too.
"Chris Laye is focusing hard at tight end, but I think he's a guy who could do that as well," Lashlee said of the early enrollee.
There's at least one more player who could work his way into the discussion: Ricky Parks, who rejoined the Tigers as a walk-on in January after being dismissed during last year's fall camp due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.
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"That's a position I think he'd do really well at," Lashlee said. "Right now, Ricky is just trying to get acclimated to us on the team. He's doing well. We'll go from there."
Lashlee excited to work with new support staffers
Auburn lost five support staff members after last season ended. It replaced four of them, with former Byrnes (S.C.) High School coach Bobby Bentley taking over for Chip Lindsey, who became the co-offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.
"He’s spent a lot of time with Tim Horton and the running backs and spent some time with me," Lashlee said.
Lashlee is also familiar with former Auburn linebacker and graduate assistant Travis Williams, who is set to help out the defensive coaches.
"Travis and I were here together (and) I know he’s a former Auburn player, so we love having him here, "Lashlee said. "(Williams and Bentley) will fit in just like the other guys. They’re doing a good job for us.”