Like all the other five new position coaches, he has much work to do, both this spring and in the preseason. Issue No. 1: He has to help the Herd replace NFL prospect Aaron Dobson at the "X" position and Antavious Wilson at the "Z."
No. 2, he has to develop depth at all positions, including behind Tommy Shuler, that wizard of a slot receiver. And he has to do that in the Herd's rapid-fire offense.
With Dobson and Wilson gone, Shuler is the leading returning receiver by far, with 110 receptions for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. The No. 2 man is Demetrius Evans, who had 32 catches for 284 in what was really his first year.
The other returning wide receivers combined for just 42 receptions, but they are part of a good competition for depth-chart spots.
Furrey's No. 1 message: Simply put, the speed of the game.
"The biggest thing is to play with speed," he said. "A lot of guys start watching TV and watching ESPN, and might catch a glance at a guy running a route on Sundays, a little hop in their step, being really lazy and yet catching balls.
"You can get away with that one time. Everybody wants to do that all the time, because they think it looks really neat and it's really cool. In the end, it's human nature and it takes away from you playing fast, lining up and knowing what to do and go."
Holliday trusts that Furrey's message will sink in.
"He's been very successful in everything he's set out to do," Holliday said.
Running back Kevin Grooms was attending to personal matters, Holliday said, and did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
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