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Holmes Has Gray Collegiate Football Pointed In Right Direction Entering 5th Season

By Chris Dearing

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Columbia--Adam Holmes is in a pretty good position entering his fifth season as head coach at Gray Collegiate. The War Eagles are coming off a 7-4 season and return a wealth of talent on both sides of the ball but just as important for Holmes is the mix of newcomers and veterans on his current coaching staff.

Holmes went out and hired two names on the offensive side of the ball that should be very familiar to everyone. Former Clemson wide receiver Jackie Robinson left Orangeburg-Wilkinson and will be coaching receivers at Gray Collegiate this fall.

And just recently, Holmes was able to hire former South Carolina running back Corey Boyd away from Blythewood to be the running backs coach with the War Eagles.

“Those two guys will only add to what we want to do on the offensive side of things,” Holmes said. “Jackie has been here since the spring and he’s picked up on our offense really quick. Corey was a teammate of mine at USC and we’re basically running the same offense we did back then.”

Those two join Brett Bethune, a member of Holmes staff since he arrived at Gray Collegiate. Bethune played quarterback under Holmes and understands the offense as well as anyone.

Holmes will coach the offensive line as well as call the plays.

Defensively, the War Eagles return all three coaches. Defensive Coordinator Howie Bayer has been with Holmes for a total of 11 years and will be instrumental in building on what Gray Collegiate was able to accomplish last season.

James Scott, another former South Carolina player, will coach the defensive line and is in his second year on the staff. Gus Tazerino will coach linebackers for the second consecutive years. Bayer will make the calls in the secondary as well as overseeing the entire defense.

“Defensively, those guys have been together over a year now and they’ve gotten better because of it,” Holmes said. “We got better on that side of the ball last year, especially later in the year and they will continue to build on that.”

The staff has plenty of talent to build around. Quarterback Hunter Helms is receiving collegiate offers and is one of the most experienced, reliable quarterbacks in the Midlands.

Dallaz Corbitt could be a breakout star on defense. He might play both sides of the ball but at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, he will be a disruptive force at defensive end.

In total, Gray Collegiate has eight starters returning on offense and six on defense.

“I feel really confident with the staff we put together, but I think a great thing is we have some guys that understand what we want to do,” Holmes said. “You can see the players taking ownership of the program. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish.”

 

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