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The Final Cockdown: #11 TJ Holloman

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With the departures of TJ Johnson and Devonte Holloman (pictured), a nominal hybrid fills the gap. Also he's the back-up MIKE linebacker.

No, not that Holloman.
No, not that Holloman.
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TJ Holloman
Redshirt Freshman
6'2", 228 lbs.
Stone Mountain, GA

Recruitment:
3 stars, #27 ILB in the 2012 class
Other offers: Illinois, Louisville, N.C. State

College Career:
Reshirted as a true freshman.

2013 Outlook:
TJ Holloman is one of four Gamecocks to hail from Stone Mountain, Ga., although the only of the quartet not to graduate from Stephenson High School (Mike Davis, of Lithonia, also went to Stephenson.) TJ is one of the wave of new linebackers taking over for the departed two deep, and is listed as the backup to Kaiwan Lewis at the MIKE position, although he could play WILL if needed. As you'll see in the trivia section, he's got the mental makeup to handle the rigors of the MIKE position, and should see plenty of playing time this season in relief of Ol' Cakelines. Here's hoping TJ lives up to the hard-hitting, ballhawking standard set by his similarly surnamed predecessor.

Trivia:
Take it away, Chris Clark:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>MIKE LB TJ Holloman, one of defense&#39;s smartest players, is nicknamed &quot;The Doctor&quot; - given to him by DJ Swearinger last year.</p>&mdash; Chris Clark (@GCChrisClark) <a href="https://twitter.com/GCChrisClark/statuses/316694237829799936">March 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Possible Todd Ellis play-by-play call:
"Gurley takes the handoff, finds room between the tackles, and BOOM! He's leveled by TJ Holloman, and the ball is loose! Gamecocks have it! ARE. YOU. KIDDING ME! Mr. Gurley, I hope you're a fan of turn of the century Kevin Bacon sci-fi vehicles, because you just got a personal screening of HolloMan!"