As we move from the end of baseball season to the start of football season, the Auburn Tigers are adding talent to their roster that will benefit them down the road. Former Minnesota Golden Gopher S Kendarian Handy-Holly has announced that he will be joining the Tigers football team in the fall as a walk-on. His status as a walk-on is surprising considering he was a decent contributor to the Gophers as a true freshman last season.
What Handy-Holly Can Bring
Handy-Holly made an impact on the field in small bursts last season, as he played in eight games for the Gophers and collected 12 tackles in his time in Minnesota. Although he chose to go to school so far away from Auburn for his freshman year, he is originally from Jackson, Alabama. The move makes more sense taking that note into account, as it will bring him much closer to home and allows him to play for a College Football Playoff contender.
Handy-Holly Adds to Auburn Secondary
Auburn is very thin in the secondary, especially at the safety position, so the addition of Handy-Holly will add to depth that the Tigers desperately need. Over the last few years, Auburn has lost several quality secondary producers. Included in that list is 2018 NFL Draft 2nd round selection Carlton Davis, along with free-agent signees Stephen Roberts and Tray Matthews. These three players led a shorthanded Auburn secondary that kept SEC QBs in check and bolstered the run defense.
Handy-Holly will not be able to see the field immediately, as he will have to sit out the 2018 season as a result of his transfer. Starting with the 2019 regular season, he will have three more years of eligibility to play for Auburn.
The Tigers open regular season play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on September 1st against the Washington Huskies in a game that has playoff implications right off the bat.