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Herald: Holmes Picks Up Play

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The Boston Herald has a Monday story on Tyler Holmes and his record-setting day for UMass after he picked off two passes and returned them for touchdowns.

"They kept throwing the ball to the flat, so I wanted to get in good position. I read off the quarterback's intention and made a good break on the ball. I was surprised, especially on the first one," said Holmes, who joined Jerard White (1996-99) and Anton McKenzie (2000-03) as the only UMass players to have two interception returns for TDs in a career. "The second one, I was kind of the free player in the zone, reading off the quarterback's eyes and got a good jump on the ball. It provided great momentum and tremendous energy for my team.

Tyler Holmes' play picks up Minutemen
By John Connolly / N.E. Football  |   Monday, November 8, 2010  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  College Football

The end zone proved to be Holmes sweet home for UMass linebacker Tyler Holmes on Saturday as the Minutemen belted visiting Maine, 39-24.

The junior from Blacksburg, Va., became the first player in UMass history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. No other Minutemen defender even had returned two picks for scores in the same season.

Holmes also became the first player in both FBS and FCS this season to return two interceptions for scores, and only the 23rd player all time to do it in FCS. The two returned picks (18 and 50 yards) pushed Holmes' interception total to four this season and nine in his career.

"They kept throwing the ball to the flat, so I wanted to get in good position. I read off the quarterback's intention and made a good break on the ball. I was surprised, especially on the first one," said Holmes, who joined Jerard White (1996-99) and Anton McKenzie (2000-03) as the only UMass players to have two interception returns for TDs in a career. "The second one, I was kind of the free player in the zone, reading off the quarterback's eyes and got a good jump on the ball. It provided great momentum and tremendous energy for my team.

"It's a great honor. I'm happy to be in the record books."

No one was more pleased than UMass coach Kevin Morris.

"Tyler Holmes had a great day for us," Morris said. "Obviously, he has an impact every game for us, but, obviously, this time it showed up on the scoreboard. He's gone from the 'mike' linebacker position to the 'will' linebacker position and played well. This year, we moved back to the weak side and he's made the adjustment and continued week after week to make plays."


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