Just a quick recap of what this countdown is. Over the next 25 days, we will take a look at our choices for the people who will have a short-term and a long-term effect on the rebuilding of the Auburn football program.
By Aaron Brenner
Let’s throw some honorable mentions out there, in alphabetical order:
- Angelo Blackson, junior, defensive tackle
- Kodi Burns, offensive graduate assistant
- Nosa Eguae, senior, defensive end
- Kiehl Frazier, junior, quarterback*
- Charlie Harbison, safeties coach/co-defensive coordinator
- Jake Holland, senior, linebacker
- Jay Jacobs, athletic director
- Cassanova McKinzy, sophomore, linebacker
- Melvin Smith, cornerbacks coach
- Jonathan Wallace, sophomore, quarterback*
*The incumbent quarterbacks are the toughest omission from this list. Why? Because we’re in the dark about their role going forward. If either Frazier or Wallace starts at least six games this fall, that person’s easily in the top ten. Easily. But if Nick Marshall or Jeremy Johnson or anybody else takes the job, Frazier and Wallace are far away from the list. Very tough to say what their future holds, because there can only by one starting QB, and the coaches were noncommittal throughout spring.
It’s at least reasonable at this time to presume Marshall and Johnson are viable pieces for 2014 with a complete spring under their belt, whereas we’re less sure about Frazier and Wallace.
25) Jay Prosch, senior, fullback
Aaron Brenner, Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
Prosch has played one year at Auburn, and he’s only got one year left after transferring from Illinois to be closer to home preceding the death of his mother from brain cancer. http://www.wareagleextra.com/?p=6096 His junior season at Auburn hardly used him as you would have expected in a pro-style system; fans cried for more goal-line carries, yet Prosch logged just 12 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown each in routs of New Mexico State and Alabama A&M.
Yet Prosch’s value increases exponentially in 2013, for a couple of reasons. One is on-field: he’s currently the spring depth chart’s starting H-back, so whether he’s running, receiving or blocking linebackers, he’s a vital cog in the new-look offense. Perhaps even more importantly: it’s hard to believe, but Prosch is the Tigers’ only senior offensive player on scholarship. (There’s just two senior walk-ons on offense, too.) Every locker room has to have a voice, a captain, a heartbeat, and Prosch has the weight room credentials and politely outspoken demeanor to command respect when adversity strikes.