Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 21 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Shane Carden throws for 305 yards and four touchdowns
A battle-tested veteran whose steady contributions have defined his unselfish career ... A punishing, quick and agile tackler who will open his senior season listed as Jeremy Grove's top backup at the "mike" inside linebacking position for the third-straight year on the depth chart ... However, experience and adaptability might also warrant competition for starting status on the other side, along with Kyle Tudor, during fall camp and throughout the campaign should depth issues arise ... Could also play a top-tier special teams role for the fourth consecutive season as well ...Turned in another impressive spring practice period, booking seven stops, a pass breakup and fumble recovery during the first scrimmage on April 6 ... Recorded three tackles in the second contest a week later before adding three hits during the Purple-Gold Game (April 20) ... Performed among upper 30 percent of program during spring strength and conditioning testing ... Posted one of the top 40 times among ECU's ILBs with a clip of 4.54 and registered jumps of 116" (broad) and 33.0" (vertical) with a top power numbers of 325 pounds (bench), 555 (back squat) and 301 (power clean) ... Has played in 31 career games, making lone start during redshirt freshman season in 2010 (at Rice) ... Recorded multiple stops on nine occasions and has been a part of defensive units that have held six teams to less than 100 rushing yards over the last three seasons.
2012: Appeared in all 13 games in a reserve linebacking role and as a member of special teams unit ... Booked 24 tackles (14 solo) ... Thirteen of 24 stops were on rushing plays ... Tallied three special teams hits - two on kickoff returns and one on a punt return ... One of eight defenders with an interception ... Brought back pick 28 yards for a touchdown in fourth-quarter action against Houston, marking ECU's first interception return for a TD since 2010 ... Tallied a career-best six tackles (three solo) in the regular season finale against Marshall ... Booked multiple stops on five occasions (Appalachian State, Memphis, Navy, Tulane and Marshall ... Added TFL (-1 yard) against the Tigers during the Pirates' 41-7 victory ... Logged single tackles in games against UTEP, UAB, Houston and UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Averaged nearly three stops (2.9/20 overall) in the final seven contests after only producing 0.7 tpg (4) in the first six outings ... Forced fumble against Marshall in the third quarter ... Also credited with a pair of pass breakups (North Carolina and Houston) ... Member of a defensive unit that held four opponents to les than 100 yards rushing (Southern Miss/91, UAB/82, Houston/28, Tulane/9).
2011: A special teams player who also appeared as a reserve linebacker ... Experienced action in 10 games ... Missed the Memphis contest due to a left wrist injury and was a coaches' decision for not playing against Southern Miss ... Totaled five tackles (two solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the season ... Made final hit of the year at Marshall, stopping Rakeem Cato after an eight-yard rush in the second quarter ... Tallied a season-best three tackles (one solo) at Houston ... Forced and recovered first career fumble against South Carolina on a Kenny Miles second-quarter kickoff return ... Was one of four Pirates to recover a loose ball during the season-opening contest.
2010: During first campaign on the active roster, earned a varsity letter while serving as a the top reserve middle linebacker and made one start, at Rice ... Experienced action in eight games and booked 13 tackles (six solo), with one stop for lost yardage (five yards) ... In addition to linebacker duties, gained additional time on special teams ... Tallied three special teams' stops, two on kickoffs and one on a punt runback ... Booked eight hits on rushing plays and the remaining two on passes ... Made collegiate debut in week three at Virginia Tech ... Recorded a personal-best five tackles against Marshall, all in the fourth quarter during first linebacking appearance ... Stop of Thundering Herd's Jermain Kelson on a punt return was first career solo hit ... Made one tackle (assist) versus Navy after entering as a reserve linebacker in the fourth quarter ... Turned in two solo stops and an assist at UAB playing on defense and special teams ... Credited with a career-high three solo tackles versus the Owls ... Tallied initial TFL of career against Rice, throwing running back Sam McGuffie for a five-yard loss in the third quarter.
2009: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: Earned eight varsity letters during prep career, four each as a football and track standout ... Selected to all-county and all-conference teams as a senior linebacker for coach Chris Deal ... Posted 75 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions during junior year after averaging nearly 15 stops per contest in 2006 as a sophomore ... A two-year all-conference and all-county track performer ... Served as team captain for both Yellow Jacket programs in 2008-09 ... Competed in the 200 meters, 4x100 relay, 880 relay and mile relay ... Finished second at the Davidson County Elite Athlete Challenge ... Member of the A/B Honor Roll at LHS for work in the classroom.
Personal: Full name is Ty Kentlin Holmes ... Born May 18, 1991 at Lexington, N.C. ... Son of Charles and Evette Holmes ... Major is anthropology ... Father played football and ran track at Livingstone College ... Cousin was a center in the Winston-Salem State program while godfather Joe McIntosh was a member of the N.C. State Wolfpack squad (running back), who earned Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 1991 ... Hobbies include video games, dancing and movies ... Was a member of the chorus during high school ... Lists father, cousin and uncle as most influential figures in career.