When Gerod Holliman signed with UofL, he was mentioned as an impact player that could possibly crack the two-deep as a true freshman. He battled through various situations from academics to injuries while playing sparingly in 2012 and 2013. This season however, Holliman has emerged as one of the nation’s best in the secondary, currently leading the nation in interceptions with 7. What’s more impressive is that he has three more picks than the next guy in second place. As the Cards begin their much tougher second half schedule, they’ll need his leadership and play making ability more than ever.
Holliman threw himself into the playbook and carved out space in the film room to learn the intricacies of Grantham’s notoriously complex system, and by the time spring practice ended, he was just beginning to put the puzzle together.
The crash course was enough to set a foundation for the summer, however, and when Holliman arrived for fall camp, he’d blossomed into exactly the player Grantham was looking for.
More importantly, once practices began, the new coach and the new scheme and the new position proved to be exactly what Holliman had hoped, too.
“Coming into camp, that’s when I fell in love with the position,” Holliman said. “I was able to make a lot of plays, and in camp, I led the team with the most interceptions. When the season started, I was expecting to make a lot of plays.”
Still, even Holliman has to admit the first month of 2014 has been something of a surprise. Sure, he knew he’d be in a position to create some havoc in the secondary, and he had confidence the defense would jell around him. But through five games, Holliman already has racked up six interceptions — the most in the country — and Louisville’s defense has dominated.