From the Plains to the pros: Jay Prosch

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 4, 2014 

Jay Prosch was picked by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the NFL draft in May.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Auburn University

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Jay Prosch, Houston Texans

Position: Fullback

Drafted: Taken in the sixth round (No. 211 overall) by the Houston Texans in May

Career stats: N/A; rookie season

2014 outlook: It's impossible to predict Prosch's future in Houston at this juncture. That's not me trying to hedge. It's simply quoting Texans coach Bill O'Brien. Organized team activites and minicamp aren't the time to figure out the starter at such a physical position. "Training camp will be the true test for a fullback," O’Brien told the Houston Chronicle last month. "It will help the toughness of your football team, it helps on special teams. A two-back running game is always a good thing. I think anytime you can line up in 21 personnel and run the football and play action, it is a good thing." It will be an Iron Bowl battle at the spot, as Prosch will have to beat out Alabama grad Brad Smelley, who signed with the Texans in December and spent the previous two years with the Cleveland Browns.

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