HAMILTON, N.Y. — With one year of eligibility left, T.J. Holl wants a new challenge.
With that in mind, the 2015 Seneca Valley graduate and current senior at Colgate University announced recently that he intends to play football at the University of Louisville as a graduate transfer next season.
Colgate is a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) program.
“I’ve always had confidence in myself when it comes to football,” said Holl, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound inside linebacker. “It’s been a dream of mine to play against the best at the highest level and I will now have the opportunity to do that.”
Holl’s fifth year on the collegiate gridiron was granted after he sustained leg and ankle injuries four games into Colgate’s 2017 season, his first as a starter. He missed the rest of the season, but was given a medical redshirt.
He came back with a vengeance last season. As a team captain, Holl led Colgate with 121 tackles, including 17 for a loss. The effort spearheaded an absolute dominant 3-4 defense as the Raiders allowed just 57 points in 10 regular season games, including five shutouts.
“We had a lot of guys with the same mentality, guys who swarm to the ball and are great tacklers,” said Holl. “We had a great staff that put together a great scheme every week particular to our opponent.”
Colgate’s season ended with a loss to top-ranked and eventual national champion North Dakota State in the NCAA quarterfinals in December.
Fifteen programs showed interest in Holl, including Pittsburgh, Illinois, Colorado State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Mississippi.