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Auburn's Jay Prosch embraces H-back, leadership role

Jay Prosch ready to go as player, leader at Auburn (Todd Van Emst photo)

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- No more shorts. No more quick whistles.Jay Prosch was in his element Tuesday in full pads for the first time in fall practice. 

"It was awesome. I'd rather hit somebody instead of using my hands and slowing down before contact," the Auburn H-back said. 

A blocker by trade, Prosch figures to have an even better time in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Wednesday in the first scrimmage of the fall. Much information will be gathered there, especially on the quarterback race, but also by players transitioning out of last year's Auburn offense to this season's Gus Malzahn/Rhett Lashlee hurry-up. 

Prosch, a fullback most of his career, will have a slightly different role this time. 

"I'm really comfortable with the position. Some of the plays take awhile to get used to, so I'm still fighting that battle, but other than that, I'm happy about it," he says 

That's on the field. Prosch has also been transitioning into a bigger role, now that he has a full year in Auburn after transferring in from Illinois before the 2012 season. He's a senor now, and coaches talk of his leadership ability. They thought enough of him to make him one of Auburn's three representatives at SEC Media Days lst month.

Prosch said the immediate task is "getting everybody working together as one unit. Hopefully, we can do that."

But it goes deeper than that after the team's struggles last year. That's where Prosch hopes to contribute with his leadership skills. 

"The first year I got here it was kind of tough. I didn't know any of the guys and they didn't know anything about me," he said. "I was a junior, but I didn't have any credentials with the players. It was kind of hard to tell players what to do. But after last year, I know the guys better, and they know me, so I feel as senior it was easy to step up."

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