"Jay-Dozer" Will Help Tigers, Coach Predicts

Jay Prosch's former coach discusses the big fullback's decision to transfer from Illinois to Auburn.

Mobile, Ala.--UMS-Wright head football coach Terry Curtis said on Wednesday that he expects University of Illinois transfer Jay Prosch to become a major contributor to the Auburn football program.

Prosch, an All-American fullback, is enrolling at Auburn this week after playing two seasons in the Big 10 for the Illini where he developed a reputation as a fierce blocker earning the nickname "Jay-Dozer."

Prosch did not return for classes this month in Champaign-Urbana and is headed to Auburn from Mobile to enroll and begin classes immediately, Curtis noted.

Curtis, who coached Prosch in high school, said that after talking with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik on Tuesday that he expects Prosch will be a fullback and H-back for the Tigers.

"He was a very dominant player for us at UMS-Wright," Curtis tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is a really good kid and a great football player.

"Jay is 6-1, 255 pounds with just three percent body fat and is exceptionally strong," Curtis noted, pointing out that the sophomore was the only player from the Big 10 conference included in an ESPN?feature on the strongest players in college football.

"He set several all-time weight lifting records for the University of Illinois," Curtis said. "He benches around 440 or 450 and power cleans 385. He also has good speed. He runs a 4.6 40."

Curtis said he is glad that Prosch will be able to attend Auburn on scholarship closer to home so he can spend more time with his ailing mother in Mobile, who is being treated for brain cancer.

The coach pointed out that Prosch was a key performer on a Class 4A state championship team at UMS-Wright playing on the offensive line where he was "a dominating blocker for us."

"He was the kind of player when opposing coaches looked at video of our games they wanted to know who he was," Curtis noted. "He was a great player for us and a key to us winning the state championship.

"As a senior we moved him to linebacker and he had a tremendous year," Curtis added. "He made right at 200 tackles that season."

Jay Prosch

In addition to adding a strong blocker to the roster, Curtis predicted that Prosch will help the Tigers in another area. "He is a guy who will likely be on all of the special teams at Auburn because he is very good at that and very physical," the coach said.

Prosch is expected to be able to go through spring practice at Auburn this year, but it is not known yet whether or not he will be able to play this fall or have to sit out of games as a redshirt. "It is my understanding that is something the NCAA will have to make a ruling on," said Curtis, who added that there is no doubt that Prosch's transfer to Auburn is to be closer to his mother.

"He played at Illinois as a freshman and sophomore so he has not been redshirted yet," the coach added.


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