Holley, who caught 12 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his first season on the gridiron, joins a Tar Heel basketball team that lacks depth, especially with recent injuries to David Noel, Jackie Manuel and now the possibility of Jawad Williams being sidelined this week.
"I'm [more] worried about guys that have already been there for 32 practices, and I wonder if they're going to be there today," Williams said. "I do expect him to be out this week, but I don't think he can take Jawad's place Tuesday night," Williams said.
Listed at 6-3 and 190 pounds, Holley owned the record books in both sports at Roselle (N.J.) Abraham Clark High School. He is currently the school's all-time leader in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,449) and touchdown catches (27) in football and the all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,741 points over his four-year career. As a senior he averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.2 steals, and 7.2 rebounds.
"I play the 'one' and the 'two,'" Holley said in an interview with Inside Carolina a month ago. "I was talking to Coach Haase and Coach Holladay and they don't really have a back-up for Ray Felton. They have Melvin Scott, who is primarily a shooting guard, so he said if my point guard skills are what they are looking for, I will have a chance to back up Ray Felton. We know he doesn't come out of the game much, but my five minutes to shine is needed somewhere."
Holley seeks two-sport stardom (10.30.03)