Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 Season Countdown: #44 Delonte Hollowell

Delonte Hollowell
Name: Delonte Hollowell
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 175 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Cornerback
Class: Senior
Jersey number: #24
Last year: I ranked Hollowell #39 and said he would be a backup cornerback. He made 2 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.

Hollowell entered the 2013 season looking like a backup corner and special teams player, and that's exactly what he was. Blocked for playing time by incumbent starters, he played sparingly. In perhaps an odd pattern, he has 6, 4, and 2 tackles during his days in Ann Arbor, plus 1 fumble recovery each year.

Hollowell enters the 2014 season in the same spot. Starting corners Blake Countess and Raymon Taylor return, and sophomores Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling played more defense than Hollowell last year. He will also probably be looking up at freshman Jabrill Peppers. I rank Hollowell slightly higher than Stribling because of his knack for special teams coverage and scooping up fumbles. He will probably be the third-string slot corner, which is like saying he's the backup holder - he might play there, but it's really difficult to predict. Regardless, Hollowell has proven to be a feisty tackler and does not seem to be a liability when he's on the field, so he could be a capable injury replacement if Armageddon were to take place in the defensive backfield.

Prediction: Backup cornerback, special teamer; 0 tackles, 1 fumble recovery


  1. I think you're overshooting the fumble recoveries prediction by at least 0.75, but there is a very strong chance that you're within 1.0.

    Hollowell wins my annual "he's a senior already!" award for 2014. CONGRATS DELONTE

  2. And the wait is over. Makes sense. He has made some good plays on special teams over the years. He has been a solid role player and contributor to the program. Hopefully he can make some good plays this year.

  3. Haha I see what you did there with his tackles and finishing the odd pattern. In the few times I saw Hollowell I thought he was pretty solid. I guess the coaches would rather invest the a hours in the youngsters. I hope he gets a chance to contribute more than 0 tackles though.