Prosch Drafted; Lots of AU Free Agent Deals

Fullback Jay Prosch was selected by Houston in the sixth round of the NFL Draft while other Tigers have signed free agent deals.

New York, N.Y.--Fullback Jay Prosch became the fourth Auburn player selected in the 2014 National Football League Draft while immediately after the final round ended on Saturday evening undrafted Tigers began making deals as free agents.

Prosch, a key player in Auburn leading the nation in rushing last season, was selected by Houston Texans with the 35th pick of the sixth round, which is the 211th overall pick in the draft.

The winner of the Football Writers Association of America's Courage Award said that he is eager to prove he belongs in the NFL. "I feel like there are a lot of ways I can help the team," he said.

"Playing fullback, obviously I am a physical blocker, but I can do more than that," he added. "I can run, I can catch and move around. I am also available to play special teams so I can do more than just line up and block."

Prosch played two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from the University of Illinois, where he was a standout performer. He made the move to be closer to his mother in the Mobile area, who was suffering from cancer and passed away just before the start of the 2013 football season.

Prosch is shown during his Auburn Pro Day workout.

Other Tigers selected in the draft include first round picks offensive tackle Greg Robinson to the St. Louis Rams and defensive end Dee Ford to the Kansas City Chiefs along with running back Tre Mason, who was selected in the third round by the Rams.

Ryan Smith

Free agent Tigers who worked out deals with pro teams on Saturday evening include safety Ryan Smith with the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback/safety Ryan White to the Green Bay Packers, defensive lineman Nosa Eguae with the Atlanta Falcons kicker Cody Parkey with the Indianapolis Colts, cornerback Chris Davis with the San Diego Chargers, punter Steven Clark with the Denver Broncos, linebacker Jake Holland with the Atlanta Falcons and defensive lineman Kenneth Carter is getting a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Smith, 6-2, 194 from Cordova High, played in 45 games at Auburn and started 11. White, 5-11, 196 from Leon High in Tallahassee, played in 45 games and started six.

Ryan White

Smith finished third on the team in tackles this past season with 68. White was the eighth leading tackler for the Tigers with 36.

Cody Parkey

Parkey made 15-21 field goals as a senior and hit 66-67 PAT kicks. The former high school All-American from Jupiter, Fla., High was 13-18 on field goals as a sophomore and 11-14 as a junior.

Eguae, who moved from end to tackle as a senior, made 14 solo tackles with 12 assists during the 2013 SEC Championship season. He played in 53 games for the Tigers and started 43. He made 22 tackles in 2010, 38 in 2011 and 23 in 2013.

Eguae, from Mansfield, Tex., Summit High, made a sack and four tackles vs. Oregon in the BCS Championship Game to close the 2010 season.

Nosa Eguae

Davis finished second on the 2013 team in tackles with 74 and led the Tigers in pass deflections with 15. He also made a heralded 109-yard field goal return to score the winning touchdown vs. Alabama to send the Tigers to the SEC Championship Game.

Chris Davis

Davis, who is from Woodlawn High in Birmingham, started 29 times for the Tigers and played in 45 games. As a senior he returned 32 punts while averaging 11.8 yards per return with one score.

Steven Clark

Clark averaged 42.6 yards per punt as a senior and put 26 of those inside the opposition's 20-yard line. The former Park Hill High star from Kansas City, Mo., averaged 40.8 yards in his first season as a starter in 2011 and 39.9 yards in 2012.

Jake Holland

Holland, a middle linebacker, made 46 tackles as a senior. The former Pelham High star started 29 games for the Tigers and played in 46. He was in on 12 tackles as a freshman, 43 as a sophomore and 73 as a junior.

Kenneth Carter

Carter, who is from Greenville High School, made nine tackles in a reserve role as a senior. He had 12 career starts and played in 47 AU games.

Scott Fountain, Prosch's position coach in his role as an H-back with the Tigers, has a high opinion of the Texans' draft pick. "I feel like Jay is Auburn," Fountain said. "When you look for an Auburn football player, Jay is the type of guy you look for because he is tough, gritty and will do whatever it takes to help the team.

"I think that things worked out very well for Jay at Auburn and I will be surprised if he doesn't play for the next 10 years in the NFL," Fountain added. "I think he is going to be a great team guy at the next level."

Jay Prosch

Prosch did not have any carries as a senior. He caught five passes for 95 yards with one touchdown. As a junior he had 12 carries for 38 yards and two scores while catching five passes for 19 yards

Auburn's four players drafted are the most since the 2011 draft when four Tigers were selected. Last year defensive end Corey Lemonier was the only AU player drafted going to San Francisco in the third round.


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