Holba takes over as Louisville long snapper

The University of Louisville football team will have a new long snapper this season - Colin Holba. The junior from Louisville Eastern High School will take over for Grant Donovan on the Cardinals' special teams.

University of Louisville junior Colin Holba has only played in one game during his career with the Cardinals. But next week, the junior from Louisville Eastern will have one of the toughest jobs for the Cardinals.

Holba will take over as the U of L long snapper.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Holba takes over for Grant Donovan, who graduated after last season and four years of not having a bad snap on punts, extra points or field goals.

"Grant was a really talented guy," special teams coordinator Tony Grantham said. "But Colin has taken it and moved right along and had a great camp. We're going to be fine there.

"I was telling somebody else that you never know how important that guy (long snapper) is until he's not there. It's kind of like the old adage of the offensive line that you don't know they are they until a penalty. It's the same thing with the long snapper in that you never hear about him until there's a bad snap. But Colin is a guy I feel really good about.

"He's going to do a good job for us."

Holba played two years of football and four years of baseball at Eastern High School. He didn't play football his senior season but opted to walk-on as a long snapper at U of L.

As a sophomore, Holba snapped late in the game against Murray State last season.

Now, he'll be the main snapper for the Cardinals next Saturday against Auburn.


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