March 3, 2014
Jay Prosch has a chance to impress at Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday (Todd Van emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Fan-favorite Jay Prosch was a good solider, blocking instead of carrying the football, paving the way for others to make the highlight reel.
Now, it's time to show football he can do more.
Auburn's fullback the last two seasons is expected to be one of 15 former Tigers at the university's Pro Day on Tuesday, and he'll have a captive audience. Auburn is expecting more than 100 pro scouts… and more than 80 from the media.
Prosch began turning the heads of scouts at the Senior Bowl was his unselfish attitude and his weight room skills. He's been working out in Atlanta, working on the things scouts will be looking for Tuesday.
"I'm looking mainly to show teams I'm more athletic than a lot of people think as far as speed, being able to catch the ball and being more than just a blocker," Prosch said. "And I want to show I'm definitely an option for special teams. I just want to show I'm a versatile player."
Prosch returned to Auburn from the Senior Bowl in Mobile immediately after the game, packed up his stuff and began working out in Atlanta.
Prosch's workouts are legendary. But this was "definitely different."
"I'm used to working out at a fast pace, but instead it was a slower pace and more technique-focused," he said. "It was slow it down. The guys working with me know what the pro guys are looking for and the best way to do things. It was an adjustment. It was get in at 7:30 and leave at 2 o'clock-type days. I'm used to two-hour workouts that are fast."
He adjusted, of course, like he did at Auburn, when sometimes he was called a fullback, sometimes an H-back. He was a natural fit in the 2012 pro-style offense, and fit in nicely, thanks for asking, in Gus Malzahn's fast-paced offense, too.
Not every NFL team has a true fullback. That's OK with Prosch.
"I'm trying to show teams I don't have to be just a hands-down fullback," Prosch said. "I can motion out to slot and play special teams. There are places for me to fit in on teams… more teams than not."
Prosch said Houston, Pittsburgh and St. Louis have shown the most interest.
Tuesday, he'll be working out with some former Auburn players who will surely get the call on draft day, such as Greg Robinson, Tre Mason and Dee Ford. Prosch wants to get that call, too.
"I don't think I'm a free agent guy. I think I'm definitely a draftable player as far as the things I bring to the table," he said.
The other Auburn players scheduled to work out are:
Kenneth Carter, Steven Clark, Chris Davis, Nosa Eguae, Jake Holland, Jake Lembke, Cody Parkey, Blake Poole, Craig Sanders, Ryan Smith and Ryan White.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine