Auburn, Ala.--It has been a long road for Auburn senior defensive back Josh Holsey to his journey to his final season as a college football player. Two knee surgeries (ACL) and working hard to just get back on the field to play for the Tigers, the fifth-year player said he is finally full speed again and ready to go.
Working at cornerback early in preseason camp, Holsey is a veteran of what should be an improved secondary. Trying to lead by example and set the tone for young players such as Jamel Dean, Javaris Davis and John Broussard, Holsey said he is trying to enjoy every second and trying to live in the moment.
“I'm just happy to be out there running around,” Holsey said. “It's fun. Sitting on the sidelines for so long it gets frustrating. You kind of get down on yourself.
“You don't even know if you can still do it so just to get out there running around and make plays with my teammates is probably the best thing I can be doing right now. I'm just happy to be out there. Trying to make it to the season was a big goal for me.”
With Carlton Davis the heavy favorite to be one of the starters at cornerback, Holsey is competing with redshirt freshmen Dean and Javaris Davis for playing time at cornerback. He is also in the mix at the nickel position with Rudy Ford, who is also capable of seeing time back at safety.
Josh Holsey has started at cornerback and safety for the Tigers.
In a battle with the two redshirt freshmen, Holsey said he’s seen some good things from both of them early in preseason camp. No matter who wins the job all three are likely to see playing time in the secondary this season and Holsey said that is important because it takes more than 11 guys on defense to be successful.
“Those guys are very hard workers and they’re learning,” Holsey said. “I feel like either one of those guys, or anyone else in the secondary gets put out there, there’s no dropoff. There’s no dropoff in the secondary if you’re a senior, sophomore or a freshman. Everybody has the same expectations. They are working hard and really learning and picking up the schemes every day.”
After playing safety and nickel during his time at Auburn in addition to cornerback, Holsey is back to his original spot at the moment and couldn’t be happier. A cornerback coming out of Creekside High in Georgia, Holsey said he feels better than ever following his second knee surgery and is looking forward to being back on the outside once again.
“Very excited,” Holsey said of how he feels to be back at cornerback. “It gets kind of frustrating when you never know going into the week whether you're going to be a corner or a safety or a nickel or a dime. I kind of know where I'm going to be each week going into the season. I can get my mind and my body just to play corner and nickel.”