Holyfield Signs w/ UGA: What It Means

Dean Legge explains what Elijah Holyfield signing with UGA means.

What it means: UGA wanted to sign two running backs in this class, but coaching changes can do this sort of thing. Still, Holyfield is capable of being a multi-year starter at running back. He’s not a power back like Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb, but he does have very good vision. He’s built a little better than a “small” running back, but he’s not going to be able to carry the ball 25+ times in SEC very often. He’s not a home-run hitter either. Still, vision can be massively underrated. Holyfield’s eyes give him the ability to know when to stop, when to go, and when to cut back - and that is a major asset for a running back. Chubb or Gurley? No. A smaller version of Knowshon Moreno? Possibly.

Dean Legge saw him live: 2013 Woodward at GAC; 2015 Woodward at GAC

Chad Simmons says: Holyfield is a very productive running back, with over 1,700 yards and two dozen touchdowns as a junior. He runs with good balance, a low center of gravity, and as a back that doesn't give defenders a big window to hit. Very durable, he moves with authority and power when he needs to. Not a true punisher with the ball, but he enjoys a good mix of strength and finesse. He can catch the ball and knows how to find the end zone.


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