On Friday night, the state of Virginia played their second week of the spring football season, meaning the Heel Tough Blog took another virtual trip to the state. After getting a look at 2022 4✮ WR commit Tychaun Chapman in the first week of the spring season, we got a chance to look at fellow 2022 4✮ CB commit Tayon Holloway, as he and the Green Run Stallions faced off against the Kempsville Chiefs in a conference matchup. Here is our breakdown of his performance from the other night.
Holloway had a bit of a quiet night statistically, but this was a really strong overall performance from him in this one. He had a fantastic day on the defensive side of the football, part of which was aided by the Stallions pass rush, but he did not allow a single reception all night and was targeted just once. On that lone target, Holloway picked up his first interception of the season off of a deflected pass and he added that to his two total tackles, 1.0 tackles for a loss, and 1.0 sack that he had in this one. Holloway also had some success on the offensive side of the ball, catching both of his targets for 80 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of the day for him was taking the first offensive play of the game to the house for a 68 yard touchdown.
Holloway looked great in coverage on Friday night, spending most of the night in single coverage. Just like on film, Holloway thrived in man coverage situations the entire night, something that he saw a lot with how aggressive Green Run was defensively. He has great straight line speed, as witnessed on his long touchdown grab to begin the game, and short area quickness and he has fluid hips that allow him to flip his direction easily and stay locked on receivers. He also showed on Friday night that he will offer some special teams value with his speed and wiggle in space. There is a lot to like with the future of this young corner, especially with how well he fits Jay Bateman’s system.
That concludes our Week 2 of scouting reports. We‘ll now turn our attention to a packed Week 3 worth of action where we’ll hope to get a look at three more major prospects for the Tar Heels.