Fast Start For AU Linebacker Commitment

Auburn linebacker commitment Jake Holland talks about his season to this point and checking out the Tigers vs. Mississippi State.

Pelham, Ala.--The Pelham Panthers are off to a slow start in 2009 after dropping a game to Mountain Brook last Friday night, but it's not because of the play of Auburn commitment Jake Holland. A linebacker, Holland has been all over the place on defense as he tries to get his team on the right track in his senior year.

"Things are going pretty good," Holland tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The record doesn't show it because we're 1-2, but we've played some pretty good teams so far. We're trying to get our offense turned around, but the defense is looking pretty good. We've moved some people around. We're trying to turn the season around and get it going."

There is no question that the 6-1, 235 Holland has it going even if his team doesn't. In the first game against Oak Mountain he finished with 16 tackles. He followed that up with 15 tackles against Spain Park and last week he totaled 20 tackles against the Spartans. With 51 total tackles in just three games, Holland is showing why he's one of the top middle linebacker prospects in the country for 2010.

"I feel a lot more comfortable now that I'm a three-year starter," Holland says. "Even from last year it's a complete difference. I know that I'm a leader on the team and everybody looks up to me. I have already committed and got that out of the way so I got that off my back. It's a whole lot less stressful playing this season."

While his current team is off to a bit of a slow start, his future team is exactly the opposite as the Auburn Tigers are 2-0 and riding high after victories over Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State to start the season. With a dynamic offense piling up the points, Auburn has been one of the surprises for many already this season and Holland says getting a chance to see the Tigers in person last weekend was a fun experience.

"They're starting the season off a lot better than I thought they would," Holland says. "They're moving the ball real well. Over 1,000 yards in two games is something. Hopefully the defense can stay strong. They need to keep the injuries away at linebacker because they are definitely short on depth there."

Because of the start and a solid recruiting class to this point, the Tigers are building momentum heading into the meat of the 2009 schedule and towards signing day next February. Holland says it's something you can just feel when you're in Auburn and he can't wait to be a part of it next year.

"There is a lot of positive energy not only from the team, but also from the fans," Holland notes. "You can definitely feel it. I don't know how to explain it. It's just different. I grew up an Alabama fan and they have some fans like that, but Auburn is just different. People care.

"The Tiger Walk was real exciting," he adds. "I can't wait until next year to be walking in Tiger Walk with people cheering the team on. It's going to be great."

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