Towson fullback Emmanuel Holder was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team after a 2013 season in which he caught 16 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns and opened running lanes for record-setting tailback Terrance West.
But the Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate says he doesn't get consumed by individual attention.
“I don’t try to get into it a whole lot,” the junior said with a slight smile on his face after Thursday’s practice at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “My parents, everybody else knows about that before I do. I don’t do a whole lot of talking about that. That’s not me. I just want to play this game. I do what I do, and I do it to the best of my ability. That’s all I can do. Whatever accolades come with it, I thank God for it, but for me, I’m just trying to make everyone around me better. I’d rather us go to a national championship and me receive nothing rather than be All-CAA.”
Holder, senior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron) and sophomore right guard Sam Evans (Loyola Blakefield) are the only returners on offense who started a majority of the Tigers’ games last season. Holder’s experience – especially in a young backfield led by sophomore Darius Victor – is appreciated by running backs coach Dassin Blackwell
“To have a fullback with his talent, it’s unbelievable,” Blackwell said. “With his hands, his intelligence, his calm demeanor, to have him and Darius in the backfield at once, there’s always a comforting voice from either him or Darius.”
Holder’s hands have made him an option in the passing game. Last fall, his three touchdown receptions ranked second among the Tigers, and he made 13 catches for 133 yards in the team’s final nine games. But Holder said his primary assignment is opening holes for the featured tailback.
“I never come into any game expecting to catch a bunch of passes,” said Holder, who was also named to the league’s preseason all-conference team. “They brought me here to block. That’s what I do. That’s my first job, and that’s the thing that I love doing. So I block first, and if catch the ball, I catch the ball. If I don’t, that’s cool, too.”