*Courtesy Auburn Meida Relations
AUBURN, Ala. - On the night of Sept. 14, junior Auburn tight end/receiver C.J. Uzomah was a genuine football hero. He caught a Nick Marshall pass for the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in a 24-20 win over Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
And he hasn't caught a pass since.
A calf muscle injury severely limited Uzomah's playing time against LSU and Ole Miss. He didn't play at all in last Saturday's 62-3 rout of Western Carolina. He is expected to be ready for Saturday's nationally televised game at Texas A&M. Kickoff time on CBS is set for 2:30 p.m.
"Yes, it's been a little frustrating," Uzomah said. "I've been rehabbing it pretty well and the coaches have been taking it light on me. I was able to go the last game, but they wanted me to calm down and relax and just wanted to rest me a little bit more for this important game.
Uzomah, who at 6-foot-4 and 258 pounds can put his hand on the ground and block or line up at wide receiver, is a matchup nightmare for defenses. And he's ready to start showing it again. More than that, he is hungry for a victory over the No. 7 Aggies.
"Coach Malzahn has emphasized getting better every day. I think we've really bought into that," Uzomah said. "We see it in practice. We see it in the games. We find a way to win. Now we just need to play a complete game and keep winning."
With junior Brandon Fulse's status for Saturday's game uncertain, Uzomah could be an important part of Auburn's offensive plan for Texas A&M. Fulse has been the best blocker among Auburn's receivers. Uzomah, a high school quarterback who became a wide receiver and then a tight end, says he's ready to fill that role if called.
"It's a challenge," Uzomah said. "In high school, I didn't block. Even when I played receiver, I'd just run and the DB would follow me. Coach (Scott) Fountain and Coach (J.B.) Grimes have helped me so much with my footwork. Having to go against Nosa Eguae and Craig Sanders and Dee Ford on a daily basis, you learn a lot from them. I am leaps and bounds from where I was."