ONE THING that's pleased Holliday this August is that there have been no low-energy, dog-days-of-camp practices. He said the Herd has learned to fight through that and stay focused. It's the average teams, he added, that let apathy and fatigue take over.
"Good teams don't do that," he said. "The teams I've been around that win championships, they come to work every day, the coaches come to work every day and that's what you do. That's your job."
Holliday said it helps that many of his players have to worry about their spots on the depth chart. Some starting positions may be solidified, but others like the kicking and punting jobs and the backup spots in many of the units are up for grabs.
"Having competition at a lot of positions eliminates some of that (apathy) because they know that if they don't go hard, they'll get beat out," he said.
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HERD SENIOR Andre Booker was named Wednesday to the watch list for the 2012 Jet Award, honoring college football's top return specialist. Booker was 20th nationally last season in punt returns (10.89 yards per return) and averaged 24.8 yards on 33 kick returns. Twelve semifinalists will be picked in October from the watch list and four finalists will be named in November.
A selection committee will choose the winner before December's award ceremony.
It's the second accolade Booker has received this preseason. He was named College Football Performance Awards Special Teams Watch List at the end of June.
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