If there is one thing you can be certain that the Los Angeles Chargers are going to do more often in 2020, it’s that they’re going to run the ball, run the ball, and then run it some more.
Up to this point in the Anthony Lynn era, this team has had a fullback to aid in establishing the ground game. After the team let Derek Watt walk in free agency and sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, they are now in need of another player that can fill the role of a lead-blocker.
Among their 19 undrafted free agents, the Chargers signed a pair of fullbacks, Gabe Nabers out of Florida State and Bobby Holly out of Louisiana Tech. For today’s UDFA profile, we’re focusing on the latter in Holly and what he brings to the team as a true, thoroughbred blocker.
Holly is a native of Farmerville, Louisiana, where he starred as a prep at Union Parish High School. As a junior, Holly helped lead Union Parish to a LHSAA State Championship in football before being named a First-Team All-State selection as a senior in 2014. Holly also lettered in powerlifting while in high school, which is something we spoke about in our interview early last month and how that style of lifting prepared him for playing fullback at the the FBS level.
The 6’1, 252-pound thumper redshirted his initial year on campus before becoming an impact player on special teams as a first-year player, finishing with nine total tackles in 2016. His sophomore season was more of the same as he contributed in all 13 games on special teams units.
BOBBY HOLLY JUST GO OFF ON EM SIR pic.twitter.com/LuMFcf65jU— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) April 28, 2020
The 2018 season was the first year Holly started making his presence known on the offensive stat sheet as he scored the first two touchdowns of his Bulldog career while also getting the first few starting nods of his time at Tech. One of those touchdowns came against LSU, who was ranked No. 6 in the country at the time of their game in Death Valley. Holly noted that as a memorable moment of his career due to the amount of his family that was able to be there in support.
As a senior in 2019, Holly saw his snaps expanded to six starts among 13 total games played. He finished with career-highs across the board with seven catches for 46 yards and a score on top of rushing five times for 13 yards and another score.
Bobby. Holly.— LA Tech Football (@LATechFB) October 19, 2019
The redshirt-senior never stops fighting and his way in for the first rushing TD of his career!
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Holly lined up in a plethora of spots across many different formations while at Tech. Lead-blocker in I-Formation, at tight end, H-Back, slot receiver, and running back were all spots he has experience playing from. The ability to line up in various positions and succeed as a blocker is huge for Holly as NFL teams can get the ball in a runners hands from a multitude of alignments. This means sometimes the blocking schemes are going to vary wildly and players who can get it done in all those different looks will be very valuable in the long run.
To his surprise, Holly was told he will wear the No. 41 with the Chargers. He knows that that number was made famous by Lorenzo Neal during his time blocking for LaDainian Tomlinson and how big of an impact he had on the the run game during those years. He plans to wear it with pride and promises to do it the justice it deserves. That includes bone-crushing blocks, demeaning pancakes, and blowing open rushing lanes.
Lucky for Holly’s chances at making the final roster, the Chargers need a fullback. That player is more than likely going to be Holly or Nabers. With one player standing in his way, he’s got one of the best chances to make this team. This position battle should be one of the more intriguing bouts to follow come training camp.