Ty Holmes Interview
Sr. / East Carolina / LB

Updated - 3-27-14

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Ty Holmes:  6’0, 235, 4.5.     
Alex Khvatov:  Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Ty Holmes:  I am training at ECU.    
Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to show scouts during your Pro Day? 
Ty Holmes:  Hopefully, I will show them that I have some speed.  I also want to show that I am coachable.  I hope to run a 6.90 in the L drill and a 4.5 forty.  I want to get about 20 reps on the bench press. 
Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?
Ty Holmes:  I would say that my speed is my biggest strength.  I can maneuver around OL.  I cover pretty well as a linebacker.
Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Ty Holmes:  I need to take better angles in the run game.   
Alex Khvatov:  What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Ty Holmes:  A few schools were interested in me.  I narrowed it down to NC State and East Carolina.   
Alex Khvatov:  Why did you choose East Carolina?
Ty Holmes:  I chose East Carolina because of the atmosphere that they had.  I felt like I would fit in better.  I wanted to go to East Carolina because Skip Holtz was there.  They were winning.     
Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career with the Pirates.
Ty Holmes:  I liked what we accomplished this past year.  We went to a bowl game this year.  We won ten games.  I think that we tied the most wins in school history.  Individually, I had a pretty good junior season.   
Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Ty Holmes:  My best game was against Houston my junior season.  I had an INT and I ran it back for a TD. 
Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?
Ty Holmes:  My favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They have a huge history, and I like how they conduct themselves.  Their defense is so respected in football circles.  They play hard and get after you.      
Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?
Ty Holmes:  Jerome Bettis, Ray Lewis, Bob Sanders and Troy Polamalu. 
Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Ty Holmes:  My speed at the position.  I have the ability to cover in space.  I can run with lighter offensive players.  A lot of teams at the next level are looking for a LB that can cover.      
Alex Khvatov:  Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Ty Holmes:  Toughest running backs that I played against were (Trey) Watts from Tulsa, Giovani Bernard from UNC and #5 RB from UAB (Darrin Reaves).    Houston was the toughest offense that I played against.     
Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Ty Holmes:  WR Justin Hardy, LB Zeek Bigger and LB Brandon Williams.   
Alex Khvatov:  What is the most important quality that a LB should have?
Ty Holmes:  I think that they should have a leadership mentality.  They should do things the right way.  Also when you miss a tackle on the field, you should just forget about it and do it the right way on the next play.     
Alex Khvatov:  What will you miss the most about the University of East Carolina?
Ty Holmes:  The atmosphere.  I will miss going out there on game day.  We have a great fan base.  They travel everywhere we go.   
Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?
Ty Holmes:  Off the field, I like to shop.  I like clothes.  I like to play PlayStation and watch movies.  I also like to cook.
Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite meal to cook?
Ty Holmes:  The favorite thing to cook is chicken.   
Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Ty Holmes:  I want to maybe coach somewhere.  I want to be around the game in some way.  My friend and I have talked about opening up a community center.  We want to give back to the kids and the community.   
Alex Khvatov:  What is the biggest lesson that you have learned in life?
Ty Holmes:  It is not what you know, but it is who you know.   
Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Ty Holmes is….
Ty Holmes:  A great guy who loves his family and loves to play the game of football.  I want to have a prosperous career at the next level.    


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