5 Questions: Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. — Five questions with Auburn senior tight end C.J. Uzomah.
Q: What was it like experiencing all those down-to-the-wire games your team had in 2013?
A: "It was a lot of fun being a part of those games and Auburn history. Being able to rush the field is something that I'll never forget. The atmosphere and playing in those big games was something unprecedented."
Q: How different is this offseason as opposed to last summer when your team was coming off a 3-9 season?
A: "It's a little bit different. We're now the hunted instead of the hunter. But we're approaching it just the same intensity-wise, if not a little bit harder because we made it to the national championship and we were within 10 seconds of winning it. So our approach and our mindset has been attack everything we do that much harder. We were happy with the success and the turnaround we had, but at the same time, we were disappointed with the result at the end of the year."
Q: How much has Nick Marshall progressed as a quarterback since last fall?
A: "Leaps and bounds. He's so much more comfortable with the receivers. He's had a year with all of us, with the exception of the newcomers. But his finesse and his touch have gotten so much better. He knows when to thread the needle and when to air it out. I think that's huge for our passing game and shows his maturity as a quarterback."
Q: Do you think teams might overlook your passing offense because of how successful your run game has been?
A: "We're kind of hoping people overlook it, to be honest. We want them to be surprised. That's something that we've worked on a lot this offseason and we've made it an emphasis. We know that we're not going to be one-dimensional. We have the ability to stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally in the passing game, and we plan on doing just that."
Q: How did the recent death of former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen impact you?
A: "It was definitely really hard at first, losing not only a teammate but a friend. But at the same time, it was hard to be down for long. Every memory that I've had with him or anytime I think about him, he's a complete goofball. He was always messing around and playing jokes with people. Obviously it brought us a lot closer together as a team. You never want to see lose somebody, but the only thing I'm thinking about are the happy times."
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