Mercilus Nabs Willis Award
Mercilus Earns MVP Honors
Zook Press Conference
2011: Transferred to Auburn following the season ... Played in 12 games, starting five ... Served as the team's primary fullback and also played on special teams ... Named first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... Shared team's Outstanding Special Teams Player award with kicker Derek Dimke ... Led the Illini with 10 tackles on special teams ... Did not play in the Illini's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl victory due to a staph infection in his knee ... Rushed one time for a career-high nine yards on a fake punt against Minnesota ... Got first career carry (no gain) against Western Michigan ... Named to Bruce Feldman's ESPN "Freaks" list and ESPN.com's Workout Warriors list prior to the 2011 season for his prowess in the weight room ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Played in all 13 games as a true-freshman, starting seven at fullback ... Had one reception for one yard on the season ... Helped pave the way for Illinois' single-season rushing leader, Mikel Leshoure, and the Big Ten's top rushing offense in 2010 ... Tallied a yard on first career reception at Michigan ... Started at fullback in his first career game against Missouri in St. Louis.
High School: First-team ASWA 4A All-State selection at linebacker as a senior ... Played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game ... Named the 4A Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... Recorded 199 total tackles, 114 solo stops, 16 for loss, five pass breakups and a sack as a senior ... Averaged 15.9 tackles per game ... First-team ASWA 4A All-State selection at offensive line as a junior ... Team captain as a senior ... Used as a fullback in short yardage situations and rushed five times for 16 yards and a touchdown ... Helped lead UMS-Wright Bulldogs to the 4A AHSAA state championship in 2008 ... Mobile Optimist Club Player of the Year ... High school coach was Terry Curtis ... Recorded a 440 bench press and 590 squat.
Personal: Son of Iris and Jerry Prosch ... Born on Aug. 21, 1992 ... Enrolled in the general curriculum.