Elijah Holyfield spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon, and the junior running back was all smiles. He had plenty to say and complimented every guy the media asked about. However, Holyfield did say he was ready to run in front of the fans at G-Day and show them what he could do.
The running back averages 5.8 yards a carry and has two touchdowns. However, last season he seemed to be the mop up guy when Nick Chubb Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift all needed breaks. In two seasons he rushed for 322 yards on 56 carries. However, it seems he’s ready to get out of everyone else’s shadows and prove himself. Holyfield’s first opportunity to do that is G-Day, and he seems hungry to do so.
I’m looking forward to G-Day and running the ball in front of a lot of people,” Holyfield said. “As I get the ball more I think everybody will see all the things I can do.”
Head coach Kirby Smart praised the junior running back earlier in the spring on his progress. Smart says he’s a competitor and is excited to see where he goes.
He’s a physical, tough guy, one of my favorite competitors out there,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said last week. “He’s got to pass protect better, and he’s got to work on it. That’s been a big emphasis for him. But I’m excited to see where he goes. He’s had some really good, tough runs this spring.”
With guys like D’Andre Swift and Zamir White essentially out for G-Day, its time for Holyfield to show what he can do. Will G-Day be the start of the Holyfield era at Georgia? Only time will tell if he can handle the responsibilities and everything that comes with the spot. After all, he’s often referred to being in his dad’s shadow instead of his own identity.
“It’s not really a shadow,” Holyfield says. “If it is, it’s just motivation to get out of it.”
For Holyfield’s full interview, check out the below YouTube clip and enjoy.