Jan. 21, 2014
Jay Prosch helped clear the way for Tre Mason to break Auburn's single-season rushing record in 2013 (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Phillip Marshall
MOBILE, Ala. - Jay Prosch, wearing his Senior Bowl jersey Monday night, saw it all as another remarkable step in a remarkable journey.
Prosch, who played football at nearby UMS-Wright High School, has been watching the Senior Bowl since he was a little boy. Playing in it was a goal that most would have considered out of his reach. It wasn't. He will play for the South on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. He went through his first practice on Monday.
"Growing up, it's something I looked at as way up on a hill or something, way up in the sky," said Prosch, the powerful fullback who helped pave the way for Auburn to lead the nation in rushing. "Now that I'm here, it shows how far I've come. It's amazing."
Prosch was a standout offensive lineman as a junior at B.C. Rain and a record-setting linebacker as a senior. He wanted to go to Auburn, but he got no offer. It was Illinois coach Ron Zook who saw a fullback instead of a linebacker.
After two years of blowing up defenders in the Big Ten, Prosch transferred to Auburn to be near his ailing mother. He suffered through a 3-9 season and then the rode the wave of 2013 to the BCS Championship Game.
At 6 feet tall and 258 pounds, Prosch has been described as a "tank" and a "bulldozer" by NFL scouts here this week.
"From high school to my whole college career, it's been a crazy ride," Prosch said. "I think I'll always look back and say `wow.'"
Prosch, who has hired Pat Dye Jr. as his agent, said he doesn't know what to expect when the NFL draft comes in April. He'll go to Atlanta on Monday to begin working out, but he said he doesn't take make an NFL roster for granted.
"Hopefully, that's what is about to happen," Prosch said, "but I'm not going to assume that. Right now, I'm just trying to enjoy the moment and keep working until that opportunity presents itself."
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: