Holland Excited About Senior Season

Auburn commitment Jake Holland talks about beginning his senior year at Pelham.

Pelham, Ala.--For Auburn commitment Jake Holland, the wait is over and his senior season is on the brink of getting started.

Friday night the Pelham Panthers take on a familiar opponent in the season opener and Holland says he can't wait to get started.

"I'm very excited," he says. "I can't wait for the first game. We open up with Oak Mountain. We started off with them last year and it's a good start to the season. It really gets everybody pumped up and ready to go for one of the hardest regions in the state. It's just a real fun game. They actually used to be a part of Pelham so everybody knows one another. It's just a good rivalry and start to the season."

One of Auburn's earliest commitments, the linebacker prospect says for him it was an easy choice to make his decision early and move forward with preparing for his final high school season.

"One of the reasons why I did it was to be able to play with no pressure," Holland says. "I didn't want to have to think about all that stuff my senior year. I just want to have fun."

Jake Holland

Once he got his decision out of the way, Holland immediately began to prepare for the 2009 season in the weight room. Despite weighing in at 235 pounds this summer, Holland ran well at both the Scout.com Elite Camp and at an Auburn summer camp. He says despite that he's back down to his high school playing weight at the moment.

"I feel real healthy," Holland says. "I'm actually weighing about 227 right now. I've still got my speed though. I'm a little heavier than last year and I'm probably a little bit faster. Everything is shaping up pretty good."

Part of perhaps the toughest region in Alabama, regardless of classification, Pelham will have to battle Gardendale, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Spain Park, Thompson and Vestavia Hills for a playoff berth this season. While it won't be easy, Holland says he feels like his team is ready to make a run.

"It feels great to be back playing again," Holland says. "Everybody on the team has worked real hard. It just feels great to get back in the season and the atmosphere and be able to play football.

"We have a great opportunity to do well in this region," Holland adds. "The defense is looking great and the offense is looking great. The team is meshing together. We're having good practices. Hopefully, everything will turn out great for us."

In addition to his Pelham team, Holland says he'll also keep a close eye on Auburn this season as well. Keeping in touch with his future coaches as much as possible, Holland notes he's planning to be in Jordan-Hare Stadium as much as he can this fall to see the Tigers play.

"I pretty much talk to them every week," Holland says. "I can't wait for their season to start and our season to start. I just love football season."

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