AU Scrimmage 2 News, Notes And Quotes, Part 2

Comments from Auburn players plus news and notes from the Tigers' second football scrimmage are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Known as a dominating blocker the past two seasons at Illinois, Jay Prosch is an old-fashioned fullback who is not likely to touch the football much during the course of a game.

Heading into his first season as an Auburn player, Prosch figures prominently into the Tigers' offensive scheme. Mostly the 251-pound back will be used as a blocker, but at Saturday's scrimmage he showed the coaches he can be counted on to catch the football if needed.

Prosch had a couple of passes thrown his way and he hauled them in with no problems.

"I haven't really caught too many before and it was kind of a shock," he said with a smile. "It was exciting. I didn't get too many yards, but I caught the ball. We started with step one now we will try to go to step two."

Prosch played offensive guard as a junior at UMS-Wright in Mobile on a state championship team. He moved to linebacker as a senior and put together an outstanding performance at the position to attract the attention of Illinois.

Like other Auburn offensive players, Prosch said he saw some signs of progress from scrimmage one on Wednesday to scrimmage two on Saturday.

"The scrimmage was good," he noted. "It was a lot of fun. I think we sharpened up some things. Also, some other things came up we have to work on. We are still a work in progress, but we are getting better and are still working."

In other news and notes from scrimmage two:

*Defensive tackle Angelo Blackson said a pair of walk-on running backs, Patrick Lymon and Chandler Shakespeare, had good performances in the scrimmage and won praise after practice from Coach Gene Chizik.

"Like Coach Chiz mentioned, those two walk-on running backs, Lymon and Shakespeare, they really stepped out today and made plays on offense," Blackson said. "I'm proud of them. That long run that Shakespeare broke up the right sideline was a very good play."

*Prosch said that he is enjoying helping former walk-on Blake Burgess learn how to play fullback. Burgess, a junior, previously played center, guard and tight end before moving to fullback two weeks ago.

"I love Blake," Prosch said. "He is a great guy and came from the offensive line and tight end so he really knows how to block. He is picking up things fast."

*Sophomore wide receiver Jaylon Denson was asked if he can tell who is likely to be the starting quarterback between Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier. "Right now it's kind of hard to tell because of the mistakes that are still being made," he said of the offense as a whole. "Once everybody fixes their mistakes then I think the separation will come."

Denson said the offense corrected some of its problems from the first scrimmage, but still has a lot of work to do to be ready for the season opener.

*Middle linebacker Jake Holland intercepted a Frazier pass in the scrimmage while weakside linebacker Kris Frost, a redshirt freshman, made several nice plays in the scrimmage.

*Chad Slade continues to work at both right guard and right tackle. The redshirt sophomore saw action at both positions in the scrimmage. When Slade is at guard, freshmen Patrick Miller and Avery Young are getting snaps at tackle. When he is at tackle, redshirt freshmen Christian Westerman and true freshman Jordan Diamond are getting playing time at guard.

Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is shown at Saturday's scrimmage. He has been experimenting with a variety of combinations this preseason.

Based on the first two scrimmages, returning starter Reese Dismukes is likely to go into the opener No. 1 at center and redshirt freshman Greg Robinson is the player to beat at left tackle. However, the other three offensive line starting spots look to be up for grabs.

*Returning starters Cody Parkey and Steven Clark look secure at retaining their spots. Clark had several long punts on Saturday and Parkey hit a long field goal to close the scrimmage.


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