Nov. 14, 2013
Auburn's Jay Prosch leads the way for Nick Marshall (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. – Jay Prosch’s contributions don’t show up on the stat sheet, says Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. But when it comes to toughness, Prosch is off the charts.
"He’s one of the best in the country at his position,’’ Malzahn said during Auburn’s Tiger Talk radio show Thursday night.
Prosch, an H-back whose job is to block, proved that again last Saturday against Tennessee.
"He provides a lot of physical toughness at the point of attack," Malzahn said. "I don’t know if you saw it last week when he got bloodied… he looked like he was in the 12th round against Muhammad Ali. It didn’t bother him a bit. He came out for one play, got cleaned up and went back in. He didn’t care.
"He’s doing fine. He kind of likes it that, anyway. He had two black eyes the next day, and that was right down his alley. He even had a smile on his face."
Prosch doesn’t have a carry this season, but has five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.
More from Tiger Talk heading to Saturday’s game against Georgia…
•Volume 103 on Nick Marshall playing his former team Saturday:
"Nick is a very unique individual…He’s real steady. He’s had the same week he’s had the last 10. I’m sure in pregame he’ll see some of his former teammates, but there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be calm and ready to go when the ball is kicked off."
•Auburn has been penalized 44 times, well off the pace of last year’s team that was flagged 75 times. Malzahn was complimented on his players not getting showboating penalties.
"That’s a tribute to our players and our coaches have done a great job coaching those things," Malzahn said. "We’ve been pretty disciplined for the most part. I just believe there’s a way to play football. It’s worry about your teammates and not worrying about yourself. For the most part, our guys have done that. I think that’s one reason we’ve been successful."
•Auburn has thrown it just 16 times the last two games (and – oh by the way – scored 90 points). Malzahn said he’s OK with that.
"If we don’t have to pass it much, that’s probably a good thing," he said. "I do know, at the same time, there will be times we’ll have to. We work extremely hard on it. If we have to, we will."
And more on not passing…
"The bottom line is the last two games we really haven’t had to. I know that’s kind of bizarre in this age of college football. But our guys have done a great job executing."
•He said Auburn has enjoyed a good week of practice.
"A lot of teams, halfway through the year, they don’t want to practice. It’s like pulling teeth to get them motivated. This group has been motivated."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine