Getting By With A Little Help From Friends

Auburn fullback Jay Prosch talks about his emotional week and his football team's loss to Mississippi State.

Starkville, Ala.--Jay Prosch's loss on a football field on Saturday was insignificant compared to the one he suffered earlier in the week when his mother lost a lengthy battle vs. cancer.

The Auburn fullback and his family had a funeral for Iris Prosch on Thursday in Mobile. He made the decision early in the week that he wanted to take care of family business back home in Mobile as well as play in Saturday's game vs. Mississippi State. Coach Gene Chizik worked out the schedule so that could happen.

"It has been a tough week, traveling home and trying make it to practice and still be part of the team while taking care of my business--my personal business--so it was rough," the junior fullback said. "But, overall, with the Auburn people, all of the supporters who have been there for me, it has been great. That really helped me through."

Prosch said his family is coping well with the loss and that he is doing okay himself. He had a close relationship with his mother and she is why he transferred to Auburn in January so he could visit her often while a student at Auburn.

Prosch's team is going through a tough weekend football-wise. The Tigers suffered a 28-10 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday in a game they expected to win.

Asked what his team needs to do to get on a winning track, the junior said, "We just need to keep practicing, keep working at it. Sometimes things are clicking, sometimes they aren't. We just have to keep working, keep getting after it."

Losing the SEC opener, and struggling in the game, was a tough pill for the fullback and his teammates to swallow on Saturday.

"It is definitely hard--no matter what you want to come out and win," he said. "We are going to be strong, stick together and come back and practice and get back on track."

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