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Auburn still figuring out Josh Holsey's position heading into spring

Josh Holsey has had to change positions regularly in his past three years with Auburn.
Josh Holsey has had to change positions regularly in his past three years with Auburn. Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.Josh Holsey is accustomed to switching positions at the drop of a hat. A rising senior, Holsey saw time at every position in the secondary in the 4-2-5 scheme Auburn used the past two years.

Cornerback. Strong safety. Free safety. He's seen them all.

And as the Tigers enter their first spring under new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Holsey's position is still up in the air.

"He's a guy that I feel very comfortable (with) his role, whether it be at corner, safety or a nickel position inside," Muschamp said in his last media appearance, which came at the Minority Coaches of Georgia's annual clinic.

It nearly echoed what Holsey said in December. Prior to Auburn's Outback Bowl matchup against Wisconsin, the Georgia native said he had already sat down with Muschamp on a few occasions. But they were more "get-to-know-each-other" sessions than anything else.

"No clue at all," Holsey replied when asked where he might play in 2015. "Wherever they put me, that's where I'll play. Come spring time, I'll probably have a better understanding, but right now I'm just playing where ever they put me."

After earning a starting spot at corner during his freshman season, holding down the strong safety position in the first six games of 2013 (before suffering a season-ending knee injury) and moving everywhere he was needed last year, Muschamp was confident Holsey will excel wherever he ends up.

"Josh is a very bright young man," he said. "He can play multiple positions because he can handle it."

Holsey felt the same way.

"I'll be ready to play wherever they put me at," he said.