Prosch Cleared to Play This Fall At Auburn

The NCAA paved the way for 'Jay-Dozer' Prosch to suit up for the Tigers this fall.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn coach Gene Chizik and his football team's offense received good news on Thursday when fullback Jay Prosch received clearance to play for the Tigers this fall.

In January the former UMS-Wright star from Mobile transferred from the University of Illinois to Auburn so he could be closer to his mother, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

"I'm extremely blessed and very thankful to have my waiver cleared by the NCAA," Prosch said. "I'm excited and can't wait for my mother and family to be able to see me play this fall."

Prosch signed with Illinois after earning All-State honors at UMS-Wright where he was a star performer at offensive guard on a state championship team his junior year. As a senior he moved to linebacker and finished with close to 200 tackles.

Prosch earned the nickname "Jay-Dozer" at Illinois as a powerful blocker. He cleared the way for Illinois tailbacks to post 1,000-yard rushing performances each o the past two seasons.

As a sophomore in 2011 he was named a first team All-American by Pro Football Weekly. He was also a Big 10 All-Academic Team members.

"We're happy for Jay that his waiver was granted by the NCAA and are appreciative for their understanding of his desire to attend school and play closer to home so that he could spend more time with his family," Chizik said.

Prosch participated in winter workouts and spring training at Auburn and is expected to see significant action at fullback this season for the Tigers.

Terry Curtis, who coached Prosch at UMS-Wright, predicts that the fullback will be strong addition to the Auburn team. "He was a very dominant player for us at UMS-Wright," said. "He is a really good kid and a great football player."

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

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."

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