Could Rookie DeVonte Holloman Start for the Cowboys?

The Dallas Cowboys defense continues to impress during this 2013 NFL preseason, and a guy who is consistently making big plays is rookie Outside Linebacker DeVonte Holloman.  Holloman was selected by the Cowboys in the 6th round 185th overall during the 2013 NFL Draft.  He is a converted Safety from the University of South Carolina where the 6’2” 242 pound 22 year old played in 50 games and had 204 total tackles for the Gamecocks. 

Holloman also had seven interceptions during his South Carolina Gamecocks career and recorded two Cowboys preseason interceptions which has earned him the nickname “Hands” Holloman by his coaches.  His knack for being around the ball and making plays has impressed his teammates as well.

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After Holloman’s interception he returned 75 yards for a touchdown during the Hall of Fame game, teammate Safety Will Allen said, “Hands Holloman, he’s going to be a good player for us.”

“He has done a great job as a young guy,” linebacker Sean Lee said.  “He knows how to play the game.  He’s got instincts. He’s got ability.”

During the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys preseason game on Saturday, Holloman had a number of great plays.  With twelve minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Bengals were threatening to score on the Cowboys 10 yard line.  Cincinnati Tight End Jermaine Gresham caught a short pass to the outside, but Holloman made a clean open field tackle preventing the first down and forcing the Bengals to kick the field goal.  DeVonte had great coverage against Cincinnati’s Gresham the entire game, and impressed showing off his coverage abilities in addition to his open field tackling.

Holloman also registered a sack against Cincinnati with nine minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.  The Bengals again were threatening to score at the Cowboys 15 yard line with a 1st and 10 to go.  DeVonte released the Tight End and made a swim move to get past Cincinnati Running Back Dan Herron for the hit on Quarterback Josh Johnson.

With the great preseason DeVonte Holloman has had, it begs the question of whether he should be starting for the Dallas Cowboys at Outside Linebacker.  “Hands” Holloman has shown versatility in creating turnovers, is sound in his tackling technique, and exhibits impressive ability to cover Tight Ends and Running backs.  I think it is a foregone conclusion that he will at least be a backup, but should DeVonte Holloman start for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013?

Follow Matt Thornton on Twitter: @MattsCowboys

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, DeVonte Holloman, Gamecocks, University Of South Carolina

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  • David Kerr

    No. I think his lack of experience is the big thing here. Justin Durant and Ernie Sims are both proven veterans who fit well schematically. I think Holloman sits for a year and learns everything he can. People are too concerned with immediate results, and underestimate what a little time can do for a young player

    • ricdram

      Funny. My Rams have a converted safety also. He
      is RayRay Armstrong.Both
      are outstanding athletes that
      can help our squads. Hopefully
      both will play when the Rams
      visit the Cowboys week 3.
      Good Luck !

      • ‘mericas_team

        I looked at RayRay a good amount before the draft, I didn’t realize the rams were converting him to LB. With the Boys weakness at safety at the time I thought he would have been a great late round “project” guy to help fill that void at safety

        • ricdram

          With Dunbar being suspended the 1st 4 games for PED (idiot!) we
          need RayRay to
          help out @ LB.
          He’s been the talk
          of camp & comes
          pritty cheap as an
          UDFA. Glad we got him before the Boys did.

    • Matt

      He probably will get buried a bit behind Durant and Sims. I do have to say I love the fact that our THIRD string OLB is being heavily debated. Says something about the Cowboys LB crew.

  • Steven

    No he shouldn’t start he has to improve against the run that will come as he gets bigger and strong enough to shed blocks. He’s not ready to start

  • Raymond Tippett

    he might not start right now but I think he will this year he becoming reliable but it is pre season and most teams are playing vanilla so we will see come the reg season but he will start sometime this year

    • Matt

      Good point!

  • raincntry

    Devonte is a smart player. I watched his entire career with USC. If he doesn’t start at the opener, he will soon enough. He has a knack for making plays and always being around the ball.

    • Matt

      Agreed! Sure seems that way in the preseason!

  • ctcowboy1968

    Not a starter yet. But should get playing time. So far, he looks like a great pick.

    • Matt

      Agreed!

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