Holmes Named AP First-Team All-American
Dec. 15, 2010
NEW YORK -- Junior linebacker Tyler Holmes continues to garner national attention for his play in 2010 as he was named an Associated Press First-Team All-American on Wednesday. Holmes has already been named an AFCA All-American, 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 has 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).
Last season, NFL Second-Round Draft Pick Vladimir Ducasse was named to the AP First Team.
Here are stories on Holmes' most recent honor.
Springfield Republican: AP names Holmes as a first-team All-American
Boston Globe: UMass's Holmes is FCS All-American
Daily Hampshire Gazette: Holmes named All-American
The Associated Press: Moses, Eachus lead AP's FCS All-America team
Running backs -- Taiwan Jones, junior, 6-1, 200, Eastern Washington; Nate Eachus, junior, 5-10, 216, Colgate.
Linemen -- Ben Ijalana, senior, 6-4, 320, Villanova; Curt Porter, senior, 6-7, 290, Jacksonville State; David Arkin, senior, 6-5, 302, Missouri State; Mike Person, senior, 6-5, 295, Montana State; Will Rackley, senior, 6-4, 310, Lehigh.
Tight end -- Shadrae King, junior, 6-3, 225, Robert Morris.
Receivers -- Raymond Webber, senior, 6-3, 220, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Tysson Poots, senior, 6-3, 205, Southern Utah.
All-purpose player -- Gralyn Crawford, sophomore, 5-10, 175, Stephen F. Austin.
Kicker -- Jason Cunningham, junior, 6-1, 175, Montana State.
Linebackers -- J.C. Sherritt, senior, 5-10, 220, Eastern Washington; Kyle Glazier, senior, 6-1, 220, Western Illinois; Tyler Holmes, junior, 6-0, 220, Massachusetts.
Defensive backs -- Mark Legree, senior, 6-0, 220, Appalachian State; Trumaine Johnson, junior, 6-3, 197, Montana; Korey Lindsey, senior, 6-0, 190, Southern Illinois; Eugene Clifford, senior, 6-2, 205, Tennessee State.
Punter -- David Harrington, junior, 6-3, 185, Idaho State.