Illinois fullback Jay Prosch will transfer to Auburn. The move will allow Prosch to return closer to home and his ailing mother, Iris, who is battling brain cancer, while also putting Prosch in an offense that uses a fullback. Prosch was named first-team All-America by Pro Football Weekly and an academic All-Big Ten. He will transfer for the spring semester.

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois fullback Jay Prosch will transfer to Auburn.

The move will allow Prosch to return closer to home and his ailing mother, Iris, who is battling brain cancer, while also putting Prosch in an offense that uses a fullback. Prosch was named first-team All-America by Pro Football Weekly and an academic All-Big Ten. He will transfer for the spring semester.

"He will have an opportunity to be much closer to his mother, who continues to face health issues,'' Illinois coach Tim Beckman said in a prepared release Wednesday. "We wish Jay the best as he makes this move.''

Prosch served primarily as a blocking back the past two seasons, getting two carries for nine yards in his career. He also was a valuable special teams player, sharing the team’s outstanding special teams player award for 2011. Prosch led the squad with 10 tackles this season and had 11 total tackles for the year.

In 2010, he helped pave the way for school single-season rushing record holder Mikel Leshoure and the Big Ten’s top rushing offense.

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