ECAC's Top Defensive Player Award Goes To Holmes
Jan. 14, 2011
CAPE COD, Mass. -- Another release, another honor for UMass junior linebacker Tyler Holmes. The All-American was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year on Friday in addition to being an ECAC FCS All-Star. He was joined on the team by senior offensive lineman Greg Niland. Holmes has collected numerous accolades after a stud junior season.
Holmes was named the National Defensive Player of the Year by Phil Steele's College Football in December. Holmes was also named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sports Network, the American Football Coaches Association and Phil Steele Magazine.
Holmes finished fifth in the Buck Buchanan Award voting for the top Defensive Player in FCS according to the media.
He also won the New England Gold Helmet Player of the Year and CAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Holmes racked up 110 tackles as he was named an AFCA All-American. He led UMass in interceptions (5), TFLs (12) and sacks (5).
Holmes was also a CAA First-Team linebacker and New England Football Writers All-Star.
Holmes set a UMass record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game as well as a season with two against Maine on Nov. 6. He was the first player in all of Division I (FBS and FCS) since 2008 to have two picks for TDs in the same game.
Holmes had six games with double-figure tackles this season and was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week three times (Sept. 6, Nov. 1, Nov. 8).
Niland was also named to the All-CAA First Team and was a New England Football Writers All-Star. The transfer from Northeastern helped lead UMass to one of the CAA's top offenses (413.1 yards per game).