Auburn fullback has waiver granted

Auburn transfer fullback Jay Prosch had his waiver request granted by the NCAA and has been cleared to play during the 2012 season.

Prosch, who transferred to Auburn from Illinois in January, was cleared to play by the NCAA because he changed schools to be closer to his ailing mother, who is battling cancer and lives in Mobile, Ala.

“I’m extremely blessed and very thankful to have my waiver cleared by the NCAA,” Prosch said. “I’m excited and can’t wait for my mother and family to be able to see me play this fall.”

Prosch, who will be a junior this fall, was a two-year letter winner at Illinois, playing in 25 games and starting 12. He was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly as a sophomore, and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

“We’re happy for Jay that his waiver was granted by the NCAA, and are appreciative for their understanding of his desire to attend school and play closer to home so that he could spend more time with his family,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said.

The 6-foot, 253-pound Prosch will make life much easier -- and much more fun -- for tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. With Prosch on the field, Lutzenkirchen will be able to do more in the passing game, instead of having to block so much. That duty will go to Prosch.

Lutzenkirchen, who was third on Auburn's team with 24 catches for 238 yards and was second with seven touchdown receptions, will now have more freedom in Auburn's offense and will become an even better receiving target.

Also, having both block on running or passing downs will be a major plus for the Tigers. That's close to 500 pounds defenses will have to get through to disrupt things in Auburn's backfield.

This is a big win for Auburn's offense, as it slowly moves toward a more pro-style scheme under new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.