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Daven Holly

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 192 | College: Cincinnati
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Positives … Has a small, but developing frame, with room to add more bulk with no loss in speed … Hard worker in the weight room and on the field … Has quick feet and excellent straight-line speed, showing explosion coming out of his breaks … Demonstrates the body control and balance to come out of his backpedal and mirror the receiver on deep routes …

When he sees the play develop, he shows urgency and acceleration to get to the ball … Has more than enough explosion through his burst to catch up with most receivers when beaten … Shows good body control and leaping ability, timing his jumps to get to the ball at its high point … Has the natural quickness and agility to stay stride-for-stride with his assignment in man coverage … Can flip his hips and turn out of his breaks with sudden moves … Will extend and catch away from the body's frame.

Negatives … Has marginal playing strength … Will give a good effort to contain along the perimeter, but lacks the "sand in his pants" to hold ground and is not strong enough with his hands to ward off blocks … Shows good ball anticipation skills, but is still learning how to make proper reads and keys … Needs to shorten his backpedal, as he stays in it too long and struggles some coming out of his breaks when doing this … Must stay lower in his pads to maintain position and leverage in coverage … His lateral agility is marginal … Does not have a good hand jolt to reroute receivers in press coverage … Susceptible to double moves and is not always in position to make the play … More of a drag down tackler, failing to extend his arms properly to wrap and secure.

2004 Season

Earned All-Conference USA second-team honors in his first year as a starting cornerback, collecting 23 tackles (16 solos) with an assisted stop for a 1-yard loss … Deflected ten passes and blocked a field goal … Led the team with six interceptions for 58 yards in returns and a touchdown … His six pass thefts tied the school season-record, sharing that mark with Don Polagyi (1952), Bill Madeya (1965), Ed Bolis (1970), Sam Garnes (1995) and Blue Adams (2000).

2003 GAME Analysis

East Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham … Posted a pair of tackles in each game.

West Virginia … Picked off a pass and deflected another.

Temple … Collected 7 tackles (5 solos) with an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pass break-up.

Miami (Oh.) … Recovered a blocked field goal and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.

Southern Mississippi … Batted away three passes, intercepted another and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown and delivered 4 tackles (3 solos).

Army … Knocked down a pass and returned an interception 7 yards.

South Florida … Added an assisted tackle.

Rhode Island and Louisville … Did not make a tackle in either game.

Texas Christian … Totaled 4 tackles (2 solos) with a pair of pass deflections and had a 24-yard interception return.

Memphis … Credited with a pair of pass break-ups, two interceptions for 6 yards in returns and two solo tackles.

2003 Season

Started the year as a receiver, but moved to cornerback early in the season … Played in every game, making 17 tackles (13 solos) with an interception and a pass deflection … Had a season-high four tackles and his first career interception vs. Memphis.

2002 Season

Played in every game as a reserve wide receiver, catching four passes for 28 yards (7.0 avg) … Caught a career-high three passes for 22 yards at Miami (Oh.) … Had one reception for six yards vs. Purdue … Also made a catch for four yards in the Motor City Bowl vs. Toledo.

2001 Season

Redshirted as freshman, performing on the scout team as a wide receiver … Made the travel squad for the Motor City Bowl.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.


Communications major … Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2001 … Son of Bernadette and Michael Holly … Born 8/08/82 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania … Resides in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

High School

4.37 in the 40-yard dash … 335-pound bench press … 505-pound squat … 230-pound power clean … 38-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … 30 5/8-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Left-handed … 17/21 Wonderlic score.


Attended Clairton (Pa.) High School, playing football for coach Joe Fischer … First-team All-state selection by the Greensburg Tribune-Review as a senior … Caught 21 passes for 651 yards and seven touchdowns on offense and made 43 tackles on defense that season … All-District choice by the McKeesport Daily News after helping the team to a 9-1 record and the first round of the playoffs … Named to the All-Region team by the Gridiron Greats and earned honorable mention All-Conference accolades as a junior … Also lettered in basketball.


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