Team player: Josh Holsey ready at safety or cornerback

Aug. 4, 2013

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Josh Holsey was in on the tackle last year against Georgia (Anthony Hall photo)


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. — Josh Holsey is a safety these days, and doing quite well, thank you for asking. But if duty calls, if he's needed to move, the Auburn sophomore says he's ready to slide back to cornerback. 

"It doesn't matter to me. I'm learning both of them," Holsey said Saturday after the Tigers' second fall practice. "I know corner like the back of my hand, so I know if I have to go back, I know I can do it. If they need me to play safety, that's what I'd do. That's what I've been studying every day now. Safety is getting just as easy as corner was." 

Holsey started six games at cornerback last season as a freshman. But he was moved to safety late in spring practice. He's needed there now, partly because Demetruce McNeal is dealing with an undisclosed medical issue. Holsey is smart enough to know he's got to be flexible, being on the All-SEC first team academic honor roll and all.

"We've got to be able to have at least two-deep just in case somebody goes down," Holsey said. "I feel that's important to have good depth at each position. 

"Right now, I'm at safety, but I figure whenever McNeal comes back I'll probably then start going to both each day." 

Holsey, the safety, said he had an interception Saturday via a tipped ball. 

Holsey says he's been helping new defensive back Khari Harding, Kamryn Melton and junior college transfer Brandon King

"They're good. They're learning," Holsey said. "They're asking me questions and I'm telling them whenever they need help to come ask me." 

Mackenro Alexander, another new defensive back, was assigned the hybrid Star safety position. 

"Coming from high school to college is a big transition, so he's still learning the playbook," Holsey said. "That's a tough position. That's a big, important position on the defense. If you've got a good Star, our defense is going to be good. As you saw in the spring with Justin Garrett, he made that Star look pretty good. Once he learns it, he'll be really good."

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