Auburn has added an All-American fullback.
Illinois junior Jay Prosch has received a release from Illinois and will transfer to Auburn and enroll in school this semester.
"Jay Prosch has decided to transfer to Auburn and will be there for the current semester," Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said. "He will have an opportunity to be much closer to his mother, who continues to face health issues. We wish Jay the best as he makes this move.”
Prosch, who was a prep standout at UMS-Wright in Mobile, Ala., decided to transfer to be closer to his mother, Iris, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. Prosch should be eligible for a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately at Auburn and not sit out a year.
With Illinois moving to a spread offense under Beckman, Prosch was also looking for a more traditional offense that would use a fullback. Auburn is in the process of hiring a new offensive coordinator and the transfer of Prosch indicates the Tigers will be returning to a more pro-style attack.
Prosch was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree this year. He served primarily as a blocking back the past two seasons, registering two carries for nine yards in his career. In 2010, he helped pave the way for Illinois' single-season rushing leader, Mikel Leshoure, and the Big Ten's top rushing offense.
Prosch was a standout special teams player, sharing the team's outstanding special teams player award for 2011. Prosch led the squad with 10 tackles this season and had 11 total tackles for the year.
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