Auburn's Tight Ends and Fullbacks Look Solid in 2010

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJune 24, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Eric Smith #32 of the Auburn Tigers against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Auburn uses a variety of different offensive schemes. In these schemes, the fullback and tight end positions are extremely important. Mario Fannin has moved back to running back and Tommy Trott has graduated. What players might fill these positions in 2010?

Tight End

Philip Lutzenkirchen , the 6”4” 246 lbs. sophomore tight end, was a highly regarded recruit . He had two touchdown receptions as a true freshman in 2009 and is a sure handed receiver who worked on his blocking skills this off season.

Robert Cooper, a 6’4” 210 lbs. redshirt freshman tight end, was not highly recruited , but has shown a lot of potential. He played several downs during the A-Day game this spring. He spent the last year working on strength and conditioning while learning the offense. He seems to be developing as an over the middle receiving threat.

Dakota Mosley , a 6’4” 242 lbs. true freshman tight end, has the size and strength to block and cause mismatches against any defense that can be exploited.

Full Back

Eric Smith is a 5’10” 239 lbs. junior fullback/running back who had a productive 2009 season. Smith is a sure-handed receiver and effective blocker. He is a north and south runner who has proved effective in the past.

Ladarius Phillips is a 6’1” 275 lbs. true freshman fullback/defensive tackle. He is very athletic and has caused a stir by doing backflips since arriving on campus. He should provide a good short yardage alternative. His blocking is also very effective. He runs north and south and will move the pile upon impact.