C.J. Uzomah and dad share Auburn connection

C.J. Uzomah caught the game-winning TD pass against Mississippi State last year. (AP photo)

C.J. Uzomah caught the game-winning TD pass against Mississippi State last year. (AP photo)

Like father, like son.

Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah — you might remember him as one of North Gwinnett’s star athletes a few years ago — often saw an extremely familiar face on campus.

His dad Xavier Uzomah, who graduated last month with an executive MBA (EMBA) from Auburn, sometimes took the same classes and learned from the same professors as  C.J., who is a senior tight end and marketing major. They were recently featured in this article on the school’s website.

“It was weird at first because I saw him on campus and people are like ‘Hey, I think I saw your dad but I’m not really sure because I don’t know why he’d be here. It was a fun experience – him being able to take me out sometimes and talking about his schoolwork. It was kind of eye-opening—to see how much fun he was having with his classmates and the opportunities that they were able to come across.”

C.J. was one of the top recruits in Georgia in 2010, doing practically everything for North Gwinnett that season. He started at QB in 2009, but moved around his senior season to showcase his wide range of skills.

He’s almost strictly played tight end and receiver at Auburn, but threw a 4-yard TD pass against Georgia his freshman season. C.J. caught nine passes for 146 yards and three TDs in 2013, is on the John Mackey Award watch list and is showing up on preseason All-SEC teams.

Xavier and C.J. “tried to have dinner once every week I was here,” said Xavier, who has a degree in business administration from Southern Mississippi. “I tried to stay out of C.J.’s way. He’s 21. I wanted to let him have his own experiences.”

 


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