Green Cove Springs, Fla.
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6-7 / 312
Running back on CoSIDA District 3 Academic All-America squad
With Cutler going to Miami, 16 former Dores competing for roster spots
Offensive front replacing two key starters from '16
Former walk-on snapper heads to medical school on Navy scholarship
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Vanderbilt vs. NC State in the Camping World Independence Bowl.
Vanderbilt football vs. Tennessee. Photos by John Russell (11/26/16)
Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss on Nov. 19, 2016.
Vanderbilt at Georgia (10/15/16)
Vanderbilt hosted the No. 23 Florida Gators. Photos by John Russell (8/1/16)
• 2016 Second Team All-SEC OL (Coaches)
• 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
• 2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Holden started all 13 games in his fifth year, extending his consecutive starts streak at tackle to 37 games... Played virtually every meaningful snap protecting Kyle Shurmur's blindside at left tackle.. Part of an offensive line that showed substantial improvement as the season developed... By the end of the season, Holden and the line played a huge role in running Ralph Webb becoming the team's all-time leading rusher and sophomore Kyle Shurmur producing one of the finest seasons ever by a Commodore quarterback... One of best performances during the season came during impressive win over Ole Miss, where he had key blocks on three touchdowns... The effort versus Ole Miss earned Holden SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors... Holden and the line helped the Commodore offense improved in nearly every stat category from 2015, including points scored, first downs, total yards and red-zone efficiency where the unit produced points on 43 of 46 possessions inside the 20-yard line.
Holden became a stalwart on the Commodore offensive line in his fourth year on campus... Started every game protecting the quarterback's blindside as left tackle... Projected as starting right tackle only to move to opposite tackle slot during preseason drills when Andrew Jelks suffered season-ending injury... Played more than 870 offensive snaps, second most on OL behind senior center Spencer Pulley... Credited with 33 pancake and 13 domination blocks during the season, and earned or shared team's offensive lineman of the week honors on three occasions.
Holden put together an excellent season during his first year as a starter on the offensive line... After earning limited snaps during the 2013 season, Holden played in all 12 games, seeing action at right tackle... Earned 10 starts during the season, with first career start coming against Ole Miss... After being inserted into the lineup, registered 26 pancake blocks and eight domination blocks... Used the offseason to overall strength and agility.
Holden played in every game during the season, participating on the offensive line and special team conversion units... Utilized as both offensive guard and tackle, Holden's participation increased as the season endured.
Holden has redshirted during his first season on campus, while helping out the offensive line on the practice squad... Has added strength through efforts in weight room.
Three-year starter on offensive front for Class 5A school near Jacksonville... Starting left tackle as senior for district runners-up, earning first team All-State honors by sportswriters... Named to Jacksonville Times-Union's prestigious Super 24 Team as senior... Also earned first team All-Area and All-District recognition... Played in postseason Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Game... Started at RT as sophomore and junior, helping team to 5A state playoffs... Also lettered as thrower in track & field... Member of National Honor Society chapter.
William Thomas Holden... Completed undergraduate studies in December 2016 with a degree in Human and Organizational Development... Son of Kevin and Rita Holden... Born Sept. 14, 1993... Has an older brother, Kevin... Dad is in the U.S. Navy; mom is food service manager... Achieved Eagle scout ranking... Aspires to become an FBI agent.