AUBURN - The wait is over for junior Auburn fullback Jay Prosch. He has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play next season.
Auburn fullback Jay Prosch
Prosch, from Mobile, transferred from Illinois in January to be near his ailing mother. He was an All-American at Illinois last season and made a strong impression in spring practice.
“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.”
A two-year letterman at Illinois, Prosch played in 25 games while starting in 12.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik praised the decision.
“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.
Chizik said Prosch wasted no time making an impact during the spring, on and off the field.
"He's been great," Chizik said. "He's been everything we hoped he would be. He's a tough guy. We've seen him play college football, so we're not guessing whether he can play or not. He's a tremendous worker. Football means a lot to him. He's been a great addition to our team."
Prosch, 6 feet and 253 pounds, was a two-time All-State selection at UMS-Wright High School and helped his team win the 4A state championship as a junior.