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Disclaimer: I want to make sure I by no means want this thread to go into a mire of insulting a kid who wears the Orange and Blue and works harder than most realize. I'm not praising his ability on the field necessarily either, but I will delete this thread in a hurry if I start seeing that junk. I just wanted to add why I think people are diametrically opposed to one another from the same fan base in regards to Jake Holland but I do not mean to insult nor patronize an Auburn football player in any way.
Firstly, Jake Holland has shown moments of greatness and he especially did it in 2010. Therefore, many of his detractors have expected more of a productive performance from him the last two seasons whether fair or unfair. His supporters know about his injuries, and to his detractors, the man is playing with things that would make most of you unable to move so think before you start slamming the guy.
I would have to say that his freshman year stands out at least in memory as by far his best season. This makes his supporters feel for him because he's playing through so much and his detractors not understand why he doesn't produce more and bottom line is on the field he has been slow his sophomore and junior years.
Next, Holland is easily recognizable and it's obvious why he is so noticeable. His hair flowing from his helmet at times even made him stick out that much more. Consequently, it was easy to point your finger at him. You always could tell exactly who he was and you knew for certain when he was making a mistake. There's nobody else on defense that looks remotely like him on the field. Again, his supporters will tell you he's been hit with a rash of devastating injuries and they will ask you who the hell was any good in 2011?
The biggest factor for the split, for whatever reason, Jake Holland gets the most heat because his detractors see him as the symbol of the old regime. Rightly or wrongly, he's often stuck with the favoritism tag by fans. When he came out and said that leadership was very strong during the 2011 season, he turned a portion of the fan base against him but I would ask what's he supposed to say?
When you think about it, of course his best season was his freshman year because that was his most healthy time he's been here. In addition, he'll look great in fall camps before he starts to get banged up and serious injuries happen. Look, I hate to say it, but the kid seems to have a problem staying healthy. He busts his ass harder than anybody on defense. Unfortunately, his injuries have mounted for two years and he got slow on the field. In addition, there was a highly touted five star linebacker behind him causing people to think he was part of the favoritism from the old staff. I'm not sure that's at all fair really.
Lastly, during practice he's going to look good with his football IQ but the bottom line is game time is faster and if he can't stay healthy he'll be slow again. The season is long and brutal and it inflicts wounds over the course of twelve games to everybody. I hope he does great this season and becomes somebody every Auburn person gets behind and cheers and remembers as an Auburn great.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by sparkey 8 months ago
I am not sure why anybody down voted this one. I don't particularly care but I'm curious to the logic behind it.
Sounds like logical rebuttals between the two sides.
Ill just add this: is it Jakes fault that we haven't recruited LB all that well or that those who we have recruited can't seem to grasp the mental aspect of the game?
All I ask is that our players bust there butt, try their hardest, and represent Auburn with utmost integrity. I think Jake fits that mold and with some defensive line help and good health, will show those who doubt him why he earns the starting position year after year.
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I don't think a bunch of grownups should criticize any kid who is obviously trying their best and working hard for Auburn.
If you want to criticize a player pick on the ones that get in trouble off the field.
This post was edited by DSHELLEY 8 months ago
It's Great to be an Auburn Tiger!!!
"Life is so much simpler when you tell the truth."
Hopefully Jake will have a breakout senior year just like Jason Campell did back in '04.
"To BE the man, you gotta BEAT THE MAN!!... (Ric Flair)
This is the type of mindset that perplexes me. They are 18-23 year old men, not little-leaguers. To act as if they should be immune to criticism because they are "Auburn Men" is stupid to say the least. They are playing big boy, big-league SEC football....not pee wee.
Jay Jacobs is an Auburn man, yet all you sheep jump on him like it's the last train home....
I was going to put a witty joke here, but I forgot bama fans still use picture books. So I thought I'd expedite the process for you...
+1 Sparkey for trying to make some logical sense of why people want to hate on Jake. At least someone tried.
It's actually exhausting. There are so many on here who are making too many assumptions. And I think you are right on when you indicated that folks blame him for all their disappointments with the 2012 team. And that is so unfair to a player who tries so hard. I'll admit he didn't look good last year and even looked slow. I hollered at him out loud as anyone while watching him chase someone down the field, and falling behind. But I'll admit I'll also watched the D line get cut to shreds and hardly any blocking. Not just Jake, but none of the linebackers knew who to block. There were too many. It was utter chaos. And I didn't know until this year that he was playing through injury. If we're being honest with ourselves, we know that the entire defense was bad, not just Jake. Did you honestly expect him to make up for all the other defensive players? I don't think so.
I'[m looking forward to seeing how much not only Jake Holland, but the entire Defense has improved. If the D line can do their job it automatically helps the LB's and DB's. It's a TEAM effort, and a team responsibility. Everyone has to do their jobs or the whole thing is not efficient. It's not a single mans responsibility.
This post was edited by TNAubie 8 months ago
kick 'em in the ass, big blue.
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