If you spend any time on Twitter, you no doubt have seen people posting certain Pitt players wearing uniform numbers that correspond with the number of days left until the football season kicks off. Jim did it last year and this year, Pat Narduzzi has been doing it.
I know we have a lot of younger readers here and also some folks that may not have spent their entire lives following Pitt sports. For that reason, I thought it would be cool to not only do the countdown here, but also give a brief writeup on the player to potentially help fans connect a little more with some of the all-time greats.
Quick disclaimer - this isn't necessarily about picking the best player for each number. Not only is that disputable in many instances, but it's not really the point of the exercise. So don't be offended if your favorite player doesn't make the list here. I'll probably mirror Narduzzi's list for the most part but may go off the board in a few instances.
These will also be brief, folks. It's the offseason and we all use this time to wind down a bit. These won't be theses or anything, but we'll cobble together a few facts for each guy.
Finally, feel free to add on to a player's accomplishments in the comments section. Some I'll leave out due to space/time and some I may not even know about. But this will be a good learning exercise for all of us.
Continuing our countdown today is safety Jarred Holley.
After redshirting as a true freshman, Holley became a mainstay in Pitt's secondary pretty quickly. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, he quickly became a starter and remained there until he finished his career, starting in 46 of his 52 games with the team.
Holley made the All-Big East Second Team in 2010 and All-Big East First Team in 2011. He finished in the top ten in interceptions in the conference in every season except for 2011 and his five picks were second most in the Big East in 2010. His 11 career picks are 15th most in the Big East and behind only teammate Dom DiCicco for the Pitt lead.
I hadn't heard this before but recently found out Holley is now an assistant at Arizona State under former head coach Todd Graham.
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