Here’s the breakdown of one of UGA’s newest commitments by former Bulldogs’ great Terrence Edwards for the AJC:
Player: Elijah Holyfield, Running Back, College Park, GA
Specs: 5-foot-10, 195 pounds
College: Committed to UGA over Auburn
The first thing that jumps out to me on film: The first thing that stands out to me is Elijah’s vision and burst. When Elijah sees an opening he makes a quick decision and bursts through the hole at full speed. Elijah is very patient at the line of scrimmage and he allows his offensive linemen to set up blocks so he can find the correct hole. Another thing I notice is that Elijah is quicker than straight-line fast. He has very quick feet that allow him to stay patient at the line of scrimmage. When you are a patient runner, you are not running up your offensive lineman’s back and can get everything out of the original design of the play.
What I like: Elijah is a very physical runner, and it’s hard for the first defender to get a solid tackle on him. When you have a back that can break the first tackle, it demoralizes a defense and takes a toll on them for 48 minutes during a football game. I love that he’s able to be effective in the passing game as well. He looks very natural catching the football out of the backfield. In today’s game, it’s a must that a running back can catch the football out of the backfield in order to be an every-down back.