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One-on-One with the Pirates
, August 26, 2010

By Ron Cherubini

Q&A with Ty Holmes

By Ron Cherubini
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A year ago, East Carolina was trying to plug the middle of its defense with an alignment that led to a converted safety trying to man the heart of the unit. This season, the 3-4 alignment assigns that responsibility to two players, one of which may be Ty Holmes, a 6-1, 221-pound sophomore. Clearly more of a traditional inside backer build with the wheels needed to do more than be just a plugger, Holmes has established himself as a player who will be counted on for a lot of defensive reps, if not the role of starter inside.

Though short on experience – having seen action at ILB in just eight games as a reserve a year ago – Holmes has a strong resume in the special teams department and has drawn rave reviews from his coaches, being cited as having one of the best spring camps of all the linebackers.

Ty was kind enough to sit down for a chat with Bonesville to share his insights on the upcoming season.

Ty Holmes (49) in action last season (ECU SID photo)

One-on-One with Ty Holmes

Q: Coach Brian Mitchell said that you and your inside backer mate Jeremy Grove had the best camps of the spring for the linebackers. Talk about your progression and what the 3-4 brings for a player like yourself?

A: Camp is going pretty good for me now, because I just got back out there. I had a concussion, but I am OK now. We are battling for ours spots and learning the new defense and taking one day at a time out here.

Q: What is the primary role you will be asked to do in this defense as an inside backer?

A: My role includes a lot of responsibilities in the passing element of the game, but we are still really focused on the run first at the snap… that is what we all think first.

Q: Talk a little about preparation and what you have been doing to make this season a big one for you?

A: I take each play one at a time and focus on learning what I am supposed to do in each situation… the techniques and things that I am supposed to do execute the defense. For me, that is how I approach it and it is best for my confidence.

Q: What player on this team do you most respect and why?

A: Probably… ummm… Emanuel Davis because no matter what he does or what happens to him or whatever comes his way, he just sucks it up and does it. He works so hard. You can’t say anything to him because he comes out every day, every play and works hard and doesn’t complain. At the end of the day, he is the biggest motivator when we are doing the extras like gassers at the end of practice. You really can’t ask for a better guy to be the leader.

Q: Looking at our offense, can you point to a lineman or a running back that you have been working against that is just a tough guy to deal with?

A: At running back I would say the guy who is tough to deal with is Reggie Bullock. Man, he's so shifty… you might see him and then a second later, you might not see him again. He is strong, too. You have to keep an eye on him every minute and get him down with everything you got.

Q: Looking around at your defensive teammates, how are you feeling about the attitudes you are seeing as the first game approaches?

A: I am feeling as though we are a lot more together than we were last year (at this time). This year, we pretty much all hang out together, everyone knows each other, and we all get along. You know, if anybody has a problem, you can talk to each other about it and it doesn’t go out on the field. We all know how to work together… our chemistry is very good on defense. We are getting into what we are doing out there.

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