Holland Out of Rose Bowl
Wednesday, December 23, 1:30 p.m. PST
Holland, a Southern California native (Pacoima/Taft HS), started the first two games of the season before being relegated to a reserve role for the bulk of the year. All told, he appeared in 10 games and ranked fifth on the squad with 13 catches, including two touchdowns. He totaled 199 yards receiving and 41 yards rushing on three carries.
Not to make light of losing the program’s fastest player, but Holland's role has been dimished as of late. On the other hand, Oregon’s starting wideouts - Jeff Maehl, D.J. Davis and Lavasier Tuinei - have all seen their playing time increase as the year has progressed with both Maehl and Davis taking nearly every receiver snap at their outside positions in the pivotal win at Arizona.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of snaps each guy has played over the past two games:
Maehl – 92 UA, 73 OSU, 165 total
Davis – 88 UA, 55 OSU, 143 total
Tuinei – 55 UA, 58 OSU, 113 total
Holland – 9 UA, 18 OSU, 27 total
Rory Cavaille and/or Garrett Embry will likely fill Holland’s void on the depth chart. They have just two catches between them in 2009 (both by Embry), but both are experienced. Embry, a true sophomore, has played in all but one game over the past two seasons, and Cavaille, a three-year letterwinner and preseason starter before an injury late in fall camp, is the team’s second-most experienced player with 42 games under his belt.
In the event you've been stuck under a large rock for the past few weeks, No. 7 Oregon takes on No. 8 Ohio State in the 96th version of the "Granddaddy of Them All" on Jan. 1, 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PT with a live telecast on ABC.
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