A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday
FB PRACTICE-DAY 1 Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Before UMass: Initially enrolled at the University of Connecticut before transferring to UMass in Sept. 2013 ... Sat out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules and has four years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014 ... Count as a member of the Feb. 2013 NLI signing class due to being a mid-year transfer.
Before College: Was named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association "Super 26" All-State Team when he competed at Commerce High School ... Was named to the Springfield Republican Division II All-Scholastic First Team as a junior and senior ... Had 80 tackles in 2013, with 29 going for a loss ... Made 13 receptions totaling 262 yards ... Totaled 122 tackles and was team's defensive MVP with six sacks as a junior ... Pulled in 27 receptions for 287 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end ... Commerce's team went 8-5 in his junior year and played in the MIAA Division II Super Bowl ... The squad advanced to the MIAA Division II semifinals during his senior campaign ... Recruited by UMass, UConn and Boston College ... Did not begin playing organized football until high school.
Personal: Sha-Ki R. Holines ... Born November 18, 1994.
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