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Holmes Named AP First-Team All-American

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.


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.

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

• Boston Herald: UMass' Tyler Holmes an All-American


 

 

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Holmes named All-American

• The Associated Press: Moses, Eachus lead AP's FCS All-America team

FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Jeremy Moses, senior, 6-0, 195, Stephen F. Austin.

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.

DEFENSE
Linemen -- Kenrick Ellis, senior, 6-3, 280, Hampton; Jabari Fletcher, senior, 6-3, 265, Appalachian State; Martin Parker, senior, 6-3, 283, Richmond; Brent Russell, sophomore, 6-2, 287, Georgia Southern.

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.

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