At the time–bearing in mind Brian Herrien was not yet on board–Holyfield was the only running back signed.
It was thought he’d make an immediate impact at the position because it was not yet know whether Nick Chubb would be able to return, and it was certain that a two-back rotation was ideal.
Given the skill set of Holyfield, it was presumed he’d make a nice complement to Sony Michel.
However, an ankle injury sidelined Holyfield early on, slowing his progress during the summer and, by the time the first game rolled around, Herrien would end up being the go-to guy behind both Michel and Chubb.
With the Dawgs now having added D’Andre Swift to the fold, is Holyfield going to be the odd man out?
Perhaps, but that will depend on how well he competes this spring.
It’s easy to forget how dominant Holyfield was considered to be, prior to the injury issues, when he’s been seen more on the sidelines than the football field. However, he is capable of making a solid contribution when healthy.
The thing about an injury is it not only limits physical reps, but mental ones as well. Holyfield was a true freshman, acclimating to a new offensive coordinator, learning a different set of language, and everyone was on a steep learning curve.
Even the players on the field were still trying to figure things out at the halfway point. It was tough sledding all around.
Now, imagine what that was like for a true freshman like Holyfield who was also trying to contend with rehabbing an injury.
That’s got to be tough.
End of the day, Herrien may have passed Holyfield on the depth chart (for now) due to his having been able to remain on the field, and fully engaged in practice sessions, but Holyfield should not be discounted, if healthy.
He’ll be one to watch this spring, for sure.