Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2016

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running full speed all the time." The staff made the decision to redshirt Holmes after the August training camp last year. Adding to Holmes' sting was that freshmen St. Brown and Sanders had moved ahead of him in the rotation. "These were the type of talks I was having with my dad, who really kept my head on," Holmes said. "Because at first I was like, 'Man these young guys that came in here, they're getting some of the reps that I should be having.' "What I told myself was, 'I can't worry about other people. I have to worry about myself and better myself as a player.' … It wasn't until about halfway through the season that I finally just stopped worrying about other people and started to just worry about my own game. "It was hard at the time, but I just looked it as a year for me to get bigger, faster, stronger, work on my game. I just took it as a blessing in disguise. It was a really humbling experience all of last year." A product of the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas powerhouse program, one of Holmes' assistant coaches there was Pro Football Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter, who referred to Holmes as "the next big thing" to come from Aquinas. During the spring, Hunter became the centerpiece of the receiving corps, including the top downfield threat, while Holmes is working toward getting to where Hunter was last year as a junior, when he caught 28 passes after nabbing only seven the year prior. "He's got top-end speed, elite speed," Kelly said of Hunter, who ran a 4.43 this winter but possesses better "football speed" than Holmes at this point. "He can compete with the very best in the country. "Corey is trending that way. He's not there yet. He's got to play with more confidence and attack the football a little bit more aggressively." It's part of getting up to football speed. ✦ Notre Dame PaNoramic Puzzle Blue & Gold Illustrated P.O. Box 2331 Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 Please add Sales Tax if you live in NC (7.5%), MI (6%), or IN (7%) $19.95 +$8.00 S&H* Item #6656 1,000 pieces • Size 39"x13" *Shipping within continental U.S. only

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