For the past four years former Arkansas prep star Price Holmes has put his heart and soul into being a Razorback football walk-on.
He's spent plenty of time on the scout team, played all 12 games on special teams last season, bounced between wide receiver, safety and now looks like he'll be a significant cog his redshirt senior season at outside linebacker.
Holmes (6-3, 212) will do that with a scholarship as Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema awarded him one Sunday night along with linebacker Austin Jones (6-2, 233), running back Patrick Arinze (5-10, 238) and tight end Alex Voelzke (6-6, 250).
"Man, it has been a long road with a lot of ups and a lot of downs," Holmes said. "But it feels good that everything has led to this senior year. Thus last one was going to be the most special season anyway…and now potentially to have a little more playing time just has me really excited."
Bielema had mentioned Holmes the previous Sunday at Arkansas' Media Day.
"…I do think Price Holmes is going to have a nice role for us as well as an outside linebacker, especially on passing downs and in spread schemes," Bielema said.
Holmes, who grew up in Newport and then moved to archrival Batesville to play his high school football, is the ninth member of his family to attend Arkansas.
He is thrilled with his new coaching staff, including position coach Randy Shannon – the former Miami (Fla.) head coach.
"They make it super exciting every day and come in every day with a great attitude," Holmes said. "I would say that we have the best coaching staff in the country from head coach down to our GAs (graduate assistants). It is just unbelievable the staff we have here.
"It is exciting playing for Randy Shannon, too," Holmes added. "He is one of the best coaches in the entire country at any level. It is just exciting, fun and everybody is eager to learn from him. Everybody is buying into this kind of attitude they are presenting to us. It is just fun every day."
Holmes had his world rocked earlier this summer when a friend of his dove into what turned out to be some shallow water.
It left the young man with some paralysis and he is currently in an Atlanta hospital – something that has made Holmes reflect.
"This was a guy who was very athletic, very competitive and now his parents have to help him do small things like brush his teeth," Holmes said. "I just pray for him every day.
"I realize now that I get to wake up every day and come down here – and this is my fifth year – so it is so routine," Holmes added. "Now I realize things I take for granted like getting up, cooking something, being on my own and living on my own, I have taken it for granted. It has made me realize how precious life and I will never ever take the little things for granted."
Price Holmes prepares to jump on a fumble against LSU.
Holmes makes a tackle against Rutgers.
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