Auburn Football: Jay Prosch's Eligibility Could Be Huge for 2012 Tigers
Typically, the news that a fullback is eligible isn't something that will make a big impact for a football team. Fullback simply isn't a glamor position at any level of football, particularly in college football, where spread offenses are becoming more and more prevalent.
Auburn announced on Thursday that Illinois-transfer fullback Jay Prosch has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play in 2012.
First of all, bravo NCAA for getting this right. Prosch is a native of Mobile, Ala., and his motive to transfer was to be closer to his mother who is battling brain cancer.
Make not mistake, this is huge news for Auburn on the field.
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Prosch is a 6'0", 253-pounder that earned All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly last season. With Scot Loeffler installing his offense, which will use elements of the spread and pro-style, having a fullback that is well-versed on opening holes for running backs adds a new dimension to Auburn's offense.
Without Michael Dyer at tailback, Auburn plans to use more of a running back-by-committee approach with Onterio McCalebb, Tre Mason, Mike Blakely and Corey Grant. None of those players are accomplished between-the-tackles running backs, but the addition of Prosch will certainly help.
Eric Smith was supposed to be more of a blocking fullback/H-back in 2011, but he was dismissed from the team prior to the season. As a result of Smith's absence, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was forced into blocking duties more than the coaching staff wanted, which limited his offensive production.
Lutzenkirchen still finished third on the team with 238 yards receiving, but he was supposed to be more of weapon through the air. He was pleased with the news, according to his Twitter account.
Glad big Jay Prosch gets to play!! Great kid great player! Plus he opens my game up in so many ways!! Watch out for the "gruesome twosome"!!— Philip Lutzenkirchen (@lutzenkirchen) June 21, 2012
Prosch's eligibility may not get a lot of publicity due to the position that he plays, but he will make a big impact on the Tiger offense in 2012.
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