Jason Caldwell

Auburn Football Senior Josh Holsey Says His Tigers Need to Force More Turnovers

Josh Holsey discusses the Auburn defense as the Tigers prepare to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Auburn, Ala.--As Auburn prepares for its first road trip of the 2016 football season one of the team’s most experienced players, Josh Holsey, sees progress with his team’s defense.

“I think we played pretty good if you ask me,” the redshirt senior defensive back said. “I think we can get a lot more turnovers though. I think we do need to get more interceptions.

“We played pretty good, but it’s the little things we aren’t doing that’s not getting those interceptions,” said Holsey, who is a starter at cornerback. “A little leverage problem here and there, maybe a technique flaw somewhere. We are improving.

“Everybody has bought into what Coach (Wesley) McGriff has taught us,” Holsey said about Auburn’s new secondary coach. “He challenges us every week to get more turnovers. We have to start picking it up.”

Holsey and another cornerback, redshirt freshman Javaris Davis, have Auburn’s only two interceptions as the Tigers prepare for Saturday’s SEC game at Mississippi State. Kickoff time is set for 11 a.m. CDT with TV coverage on the SEC Network.

The 2-2 Bulldogs, who have played one less game than Auburn, have four interceptions and are ranked second in the SEC and 27th nationally in turnover margin at plus 0.75 per contest. Auburn is 13th in the league and 88th nationally at minus 0.40 in turnover margin.

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Josh Holsey can play cornerback, safety or nickel for the Tigers.

Even though the Tigers need to come up with more takeaways the defense has improved since last year and Holsey said that coordinator Kevin Steele’s emphasis on playing with intensity on every play in every game is paying dividends.

“You could tell way back in spring even when I wasn’t practicing they were really intense,” pointed out Holsey, who missed the 2015 season the following spring while rehabbing from ACL surgery. “Fall camp he really harped on effort. Effort is like his main thing. He always said we are going to lead the nation in effort.”

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