AUBURN, Ala. — The H-back and tight end positions function differently in Auburn's offense. At H-back, the player's primary duty is to serve as a top-notch blocker. (Think Jay Prosch last year.) Tight end is a conventional spot, where the player is both a blocker and a target in the passing game.
While the positions have differences, the players are the same: C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse are 1-2 at the top of both depth charts. So, regardless of who starts at each spot, they expect to be on the field at the same time quite often.
"Majority of the time we are," Fulse said. "He has the traditional tight ends and I’m mostly at 3-back. We have a couple of sets of where we go (with him) at traditional and I’m at 3-back. We have some formations like that."
That doesn't mean they have any idea how much those formations will appear game to game, though.
"There's been some periods where that's all we've worked on," Uzomah said. "We'll have three or four periods of practice where we'll be in the game (together). We're just trying things out. I kind of like that. When we're in the game, (opponents are like), 'We don't really know what they're going to do.'"
The pair will have lots of time to discuss potential matchups and offensive alterations for the coming season. They are roommates, after all.
"Me and C.J., we staying together," Fulse said. "We've been friends since freshman year so we decided to stretch it out our last year."
But when he puts pads on, the last thing Fulse thinks about is their friendship. He's not trying to be rude. That's just his mind-set.
In his view, he doesn't have any friends when he's on the field.
"I’m still trying to fight for the 3-back. (Uzomah's) my backup ... so my spot is not certified right now," Fulse said. "I’m still trying to fight for that starting job."