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Fullback Transfers to Auburn, Shows Chizik’s Direction

Earlier today, the Illinois Fighting Illini announced that All-American fullback, Jay Prosch, has transferred to Auburn. The Mobile native (UMS-Wright High School) will be eligible to play this year due to a hardship waiver granted because of his ailing mother, which is the main reason for his transfer. Another reason being that Illinois is moving to a spread offense next season.

So if a guy leaves a team because they are going to the spread, and Auburn takes him in as a fullback, which they haven’t used since before Malzahn took over, can you guess what that means Auburn’s offense will look like next year? I’m not saying it will be a full pro-style attack, but it will at least be a little bit of both. I’d say this pretty much confirms it.

From what I’ve read, the guy is an absolute beast, can squat Mark Mangino, and bench press Charlie Weis. The dude even had a six-pack in the 2nd grade, as you’ll see in the video below. Also in the video, from the Big Ten Network, is the story of his mother, and how Prosch handled her struggles with cancer last season.

He’s mean on the field, but a nice guy off of it. What else do you want?

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11 comments

Andre 01/18/2012 at 1:40 pm

The young man is a first class blocker he could be used in the h back role and moving lutzy to a more tight end role ijs our whole team is spread ready

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TheJosh 01/18/2012 at 1:41 pm

Isn’t it also possible that the Chiz uses him as a halfback to complement Lutzenkirchen?

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John 01/18/2012 at 1:47 pm

Hopefully we will run some I formation with Prosch at FB and Lutz at TE. But I could see a scenario where it’s still spread, and Prosch takes the Lutz role and Lutz moves to the slot

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T. C. Nomel 01/18/2012 at 1:52 pm

I’m hesitant to read too much into this regarding the future offensive scheme, but I think he is a fine addition regardless.

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arspvb 01/18/2012 at 1:57 pm

How did he get out of Alabama in the first place…

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John 01/18/2012 at 1:59 pm

Bama probably overlooked him, and Auburn hasn’t used a fullback since 07.

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DJ 01/18/2012 at 2:39 pm

Well it’s good to have another fullback out here at auburn

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Beth4Auburn 01/18/2012 at 4:14 pm

He seems like a great guy and will be a great “Auburn Man”… Glad he has such great support from Illinois too! Many prayers for his mother and I know the Auburn Family is excited to have him.

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auwilly 01/18/2012 at 4:48 pm

God bless this family and God bless Coach Zook for his understanding. War Eagle.

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FrisbeeHawk 01/22/2012 at 8:07 am

I like this guy already…..I’ve watched some his highlights and the guy looks a lot like Heath Evans. Great addition to the team whatever capacity we decide to use him in, in the future!

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Nick V. 01/23/2012 at 6:57 pm

Kid looks like a person of High Character and has his mind right. I think he’ll fit right in with Auburn and the AU family. I think you can move lutzy more out in the slot and Prosch more H-back blocker now. Anyhow, he’ll fit right in and is a great addition. War Eagle!

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