CFB Player Profile: RB George Holani, Boise State

RB George Holani, Boise State

HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 193
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)
247 RATING: .8810
STARS: 3
YEAR: Sophomore
POSITION RANK: 25

CAREER
Rushing: 192 rushes, 1,014 yards (5.3 ypc), 7 touchdowns
Receiving: 26 catches, 206 yards (7.9 ypc), 3 touchdowns

2019
Rushing: 192 rushes, 1,014 yards (5.3 ypc), 7 touchdowns
Receiving: 26 catches, 206 yards (7.9 ypc), 3 touchdowns

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George Holani Breakdown

Coming from the illustrious St. John Bosco, George Holani knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight. After rushing for 2,777 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Braves, he found his way into the starting lineup in Boise in only a couple games. In a lineage of great running backs for the Broncos that includes the likes of Jay Ajayi, Jeremy McNichols, Doug Martin, and Alexander Mattison, Holani has the potential to be the best.

He may not look like the most menacing player in pads, but Holani runs with great power. His leg drive and contact balance helped him break numerous tackles of players who weren’t prepared to bring their best effort. He won’t make many defenders miss with his agility, but he doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not. Any defender coming at him will get a piece of him, but he’s most likely coming out on top in any matchup he sees.

While his physical abilities helped him win the job, it was his vision that allowed him to rush for 5.3 yards per carry. Holani has the patience to let his blocks develop before he makes a decision, and sees any holes that open up. He’ll compete with a few other players for reps, but he’s the most talented on the roster.

Then we get to the pass game. Normally, a player with his power can’t handle catching passes naturally. Holani’s not a receiver by any means, but he’s more than able of catching passes, and then he’s even more dangerous. With just linebackers and defensive backs in front of him, it’s even more difficult to take him down. He currently relies on his athleticism to get open, but running sharper routes gets him more touches.

Holani flashed great potential as a freshman, and he can get even better. Boise State’s had some great running backs, but they’re in for a treat with their latest.

Joe Broback
Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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