Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman (57) in action against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DeVonte Holloman Searching for a Starting Spot


Second year LB, DeVonte Holloman, is ready to compete. Whether he’s asked to play weak-side linebacker, strong side linebacker, or middle linebacker, he’s up for the challenge.

“I’ll play wherever they tell me to”, says Holloman.

Currently Holloman is being asked to play the same two positions he played last season: Middle LB and Strong Side LB. With a year now under his belt things are going much more smoothly than last season to say the least.

“[Last season] was tough,” said Holloman. “Especially because I’d never played LB until last year. I was learning on the fly and the more reps I got and the more games I played, the better I played.”

Cowboy fans remember very well how he played towards the end of last season. At times he was the best defender on the field. In week 15 Holloman collected only 4 total tackles. In week 16 against the Washington Redskins he picked up 6 combined tackles. He played with more confidence and was subsequently more aggressive. Then in week 17 against the Eagles he exploded for 11 tackles and 2 sacks.

It’s how Holloman finished the season that gives Holloman, coaches, and fans reason for optimism in 2014. The former 6th round pick from South Carolina has a very good shot at nailing down the all-important MLB spot on this team.

But just in case, the Cowboys are still keeping him in the SLB rotation. The Cowboys know that injuries happen and they need to be ready to adjust at a moment’s notice. Expect the LB corps to continue to rotate at multiple positions throughout training camp.

Says Holloman,

I’m learning them both and hopefully by the time the season starts, I’ll know which one I’m playing and I’ll major in one and minor in the other.”

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