AU players put 2012 in the past
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 17, 2013 | 1459 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Auburn's Jay Prosch
Auburn's Jay Prosch
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HOOVER — Jay Prosch tried to forget — he just couldn’t.

As the losses piled up in 2012, the Auburn fullback wanted to put each loss in the past and focus on the next game. It was no use.

“It was always stuck in the back of your head. And then we were 0-8 in the SEC,” Prosch said at SEC Media Days on Wednesday.  “Last year was very unlike Auburn.”

Exit coach Gene Chizik and enter new coach Gus Malzahn.

Now Prosch senses a change.

“It was completely different as soon as coach Malzahn came. It was a new attitude. The guys came out with fire and intensity to work hard in practice. It went viral. It’s really good to see and it’s exciting,” Prosch said.

Dee Ford and Chris Davis — who made the trip to Hoover along with Prosch — agreed with their teammate. Coming off a three-win season — Auburn’s worst total since 1998 — Ford feels confident going into the season.

“We are destined for some winning. If you put in the work during the week, there’s no telling how much winning there can be. The difference in this year’s team is we have the same guys but we’re more mentally tough and mature,” Ford added.

Davis was encouraged by Auburn’s A-Day attendance of more than 83,000 in the spring.

“During last season, when we were down, you would see some of the fans leaving the game. They say they’re back on the ‘Gus Bus,’ and we all are, and seeing those fans brings back hope to the players,” Davis said.

Auburn opens the 2013 season at home against Washington State on August 31.