Holmes Repeats As AFCA All-American
Dec. 7, 2011
WACO, Texas - UMass senior linebacker Tyler Holmes has been selected to the AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team, the American Football Coaches Association announced on Wednesday. Holmes, who has collected numerous All-America honors in his career as a Minuteman, earns the AFCA honor for a second straight season.
In his final collegiate campaign, Holmes led the way for the UMass defensive corps picking up his third career All-CAA honor and his second selection to the All-New England Team. He finished his career as a two-time All-CAA first-team selection after being named the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. As a sophomore in 2009, Holmes was a second-team All-CAA honoree.
For the 2011 season, Holmes led UMass with a career-best 118 tackles which included 69 solo stops, six tackles for loss, two sacks, eight passes defended and one interception. The native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Holmes finished his career with 361 tackles in 38 games. That stands fifth all-time in program history just 4.5 tackles behind Vito Perrone. The 118 tackles in 2011 was a career-best for the true senior who posted 100+ tackles in each of the last three seasons.