The loss to Mississippi State is disappointing but not devastating in terms of Auburn's future. Last year after a similar loss to LSU on the road, the team bounced back after a bye-week and everything fell into place for the Tigers to have an extremely rewarding season [...]
After two seasons of little impact, President hadn't done enough to make much of an impression, but he's taking advantage of the opportunity now. President has started each of Auburn's past two games, carving out a key role on the right side of a defensive line looking for somebody to make an impact off the edge.
Auburn will begin its grueling second-half schedule at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the SEC Network against South Carolina, a team that hasn't quite lived up to its expectations as an SEC East contender this season. With that in mind, most Tigers fans will be looking to see what Auburn's decided to change over a bye week that gave the coaches extra time to evaluate the first half.
Holsey has stepped in admirably, and he's done it while playing almost as many snaps as Whitehead did. Despite this being his first time at field safety -- he'd never played the spot before; he worked on the boundary for the first six games last season -- Holsey has played a physical, attacking style, ranking fourth on the team with 26 tackles.
According to the folks at Pro Football Focus, several Auburn players actually graded out better than any other Bulldog, and a few Tigers posted very high grades on a scale that starts at 0.0.
08/30 vs. Arkansas (W 45-21) 09/06 vs. San Jose State (W 59-13) 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State (W 20-14) 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech (W 45-17) 10/04 vs. LSU (W 41-7) 10/11 @ Mississippi State (L 23-38) 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina 11/01@ Ole Miss 11/08 vs. Texas A&M 11/15 @ Georgia 11/22 vs. Samford 11/29 @ Alabama