"It's not just us. This is happening all over the country. Six weeks into your season, you're going to have some guys banged up."
Defense is an obvious point of emphasis, tackling and otherwise. Holliday doesn't need to be told that unit is 120th in the nation in scoring allowed, 115th in sacks, 112th in rushing yardage and 105th in total yardage.
"I think the two safeties [Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha] are starting to feel comfortable," Holliday said. "They've played pretty solid. I think [linebacker] D.J. Hunter is starting to step up and make some plays. The defensive front has played better. Again, as a group we are not nearly where we want to be, but I think they've all made some progress."
Holliday is disappointed with the kickoff return units, both ways. Andre Snipes-Booker has struggled to make the 25-yard line when he does return it under the new touchback-heavy kickoff rules. Conversely, the Herd gave up a kickoff return touchdown against Tulsa.
The minus-7 turnover margin is as large a concern as any. The Herd is 89th in losing turnovers (12) and 106th in forcing them (five).
"You work all the time on ball drills and strip drills," Holliday said. "That's one thing we have to do a better job of. We have to do a better job at not turning it over and a better job at creating turnovers ourselves."
Other tidbits from Holliday's press conference:
Just as important is to hang onto commitments Herd coaches have. Three offensive linemen have been reported, as has Boca Raton, Fla., quarterback Ken Anderson.
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