Speedy Freshmen Excite Boulware

Jay Boulware, Auburn's special teams coach, talks about newcomers who are expected to contribute this season including a pair of talented freshmen.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn assistant coach Jay Boulware has turned freshmen into impact players on special teams since 2009 and he wants to see the trend continue this season.

Following Wednesday night's Auburn football practice Boulware said that a pair of speedy freshman cornerbacks, Jonathan Jones and Josh Holsey, are the two players he is most eager to see compete on special teams Saturday night vs. Clemson.

"The biggest one that I'm probably most anxious to see is probably J.J.," Boulware said about Jones, a former national high school hurdles champion from Carrollton, Ga. "He's the one that jumps out at the time and followed closely by Holsey."

Listing energy and physicality as his two favorite things about Jones, Boulware said the former Carollton, High star has performed at Auburn exactly the same way he looked in his highlight video from high school.

"I called him into my office before we started camp and told him after going back and watching all of our freshmen again and trying to see who may be able to contribute and where, I told him, ‘If you're not afraid, if you can do what you did in high school, I'm going to play you,'" Boulware said. "He has done all of that and then some."

Boulware noted he nicknamed Jones ‘The Flea' because the freshman's stature at 5-10, 166 pounds. "He is extremely, extremely aggressive and he is extremely quick," Boulware said. "He's one of those types of guys that aren't afraid to do anything. I like those guys, they're football players."

Josh Holsey was a track standout at Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga.

The position coach also said that true freshman wide receiver Ricardo Louis could see action on special teams in the opener along with redshirt freshmen linebackers Anthony Swain and Kris Frost along with redshirt freshman wide receiver Sammie Coates.

"We're still waiting to see if Ricky Parks can add something this year," Boulware said of the freshman tight end, who will be on the travel squad for the opener.

."There's a number of guys that have the ability, but as we look at our numbers right now we have to wait and see if we're going to use some of those guys down the road before I throw them on teams," Boulware pointed out.

One option Boulware noted is transfer fullback Jay Prosch. Saying his main playing time will come on offense, Boulware noted Prosch will see some time on special teams under the correct circumstances.

"I have him in certain situations on teams, but he's not going to be an every down (special) team guy," the coach explained. "He's going to be a guy that has a couple specialty situations that he goes in for us and that's really about it."


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