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Prosch Developing Rapidly As Illini Fullback

Jay Prosch (Holly Smith)

It is always a mistake to pass judgment on an athlete based on one or two viewings. After all, he may be playing the best games of his life, or he may be in a down cycle. Maybe he is playing out of position or is a late bloomer. Illini freshman fullback Jay Prosch got minimal recruiting interest out of high school, but he played a major role against Northwestern.

Jay Prosch played offensive line and later linebacker at UMS-Wright High School in Mobile, Alabama. Few schools besides Illinois recruited him as a fullback, and their loss is the Illini's gain. A starter all season, Prosch played what offensive coordinator Paul Petrino called the best game he's ever seen a fullback play against Northwestern. He is understandably pleased with the positive...

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