Sunday, August 18, 2013
Rookie Holloman shows nose for the ball
By Tim MacMahon
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It certainly appears that the Dallas Cowboys drafted a playmaker in sixth-round pick DeVonte Holloman.
Holloman, an outside linebacker who spent his first three seasons at South Carolina as a safety, has two interceptions in three preseason games. Both of the picks were remarkably athletic plays, too.
Holloman’s diving grab of a Drew Stanton pass across the middle at the goal line was one of the Cowboys’ few highlights in Saturday’s 12-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Holloman made a juggling catch on a pass behind him and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown in the Hall of Fame Game.
“We saw that in college coming out,” head coach Jason Garrett said of Holloman, who had seven career interceptions at South Carolina. “We saw that really throughout [offseason training activities] and training camp. He’s got a nose for it. He’s an athletic guy, and those are difference-making plays in the game.”
Holloman almost forced another turnover when he came free on a blitz and blasted Stanton, appearing to cause a fumble that defensive end Kyle Wilber recovered. However, the play was ruled an incomplete pass after a replay review.
“It just seems like he comes up at the right time,” owner/general manager Jerry Jones said of Holloman’s knack for forcing turnovers. “He looks like he’s thinking about and expecting to make a play like that. I’m really impressed with him.”