Fullback Jay Prosch transferring to Auburn

Auburn is adding some bulk to its 2012 roster.

Wednesday, Illinois fullback Jay Prosch announced that he is transferring to Auburn to be closer to his ailing mother.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound sophomore is from Mobile, Ala., and his mother, Iris, was diagnosed with brain cancer last spring and has been receiving treatments both in Mobile and at Duke University.

"Jay Prosch has decided to transfer to Auburn and will be there for the current semester," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. "He will have an opportunity to be much closer to his mother, who continues to face health issues. We wish Jay the best as he makes this move."

Prosch will likely keep his role as a lead blocker once he is in Auburn's offense, though he could be used as a short-yardage receiving threat as well.

Prosch's role could even be similar to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who was a very reliable red zone threat for the Tigers in 2011, recording a team-high seven touchdown catches.