IMPACT PLAYER 2015: WCCA’s Holden looks to be Rams’ centerpiece
Published 12:03 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015
WOODVILLE — Wilkinson County Christian Academy junior Hutch Holden will have a different view of the football field this season.
After playing quarterback for the Rams last year, Holden is making the move to wide receiver for the 2015-16 season under the direction of new head coach Chris McGraw.
“He is our go-to guy,” McGraw said. “He’s not the fastest, but he runs good routes and catches anything near him. I also know if my quarterback goes down, I can put him back there and he won’t miss a beat.”
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Both Holden and McGraw agreed that Holden’s previous quarterback experience has only benefitted him during his position change.
“After playing quarterback, I know all the routes and that made it easier for me to move out there,” Holden said.
McGraw said the change wasn’t because of Holden’s play at quarterback, but because of the threat he poses lined up at receiver.
“He is a better receiver out there and that is what made the team better,” McGraw said. “With him at wide receiver, he is just a weapon. I’ve got kids that try to guard him that are way faster, but just can’t stop him. He’s 6’1”, 170 pounds and can catch anything near him. He is a mismatch.”
Holden said he has settled in at receiver, but wouldn’t mind taking a few snaps at quarterback.
“I’ve been practicing all summer and been getting a lot of reps at receiver,” he said. “I feel comfortable now. We’ve got some trick plays where I come around and throw the ball some, so I’m comfortable there, too.”
McGraw said Holden is an established leader on the team, but isn’t the most vocal.
“He doesn’t lead vocally by any means,” McGraw said. “You can’t get 10 words out of him in a week. But physically, he does everything you ask of him. He is a true leader by his actions.”
Holden will also be contributing at linebacker for the Rams this fall, another new position for him.
“He’s a little different,” McGraw said. “Right now he is playing linebacker because he doesn’t mind hitting. He’s physical and reads well. He’s got a nose for the ball.”
WCCA finished 2-9 last season, but Holden said he expects that to change.
“We’ve had a lot more practice this year and it seems like we work better together as a team,” he said. “I’m just hoping to make the playoffs.”
For McGraw, Holden will be a major piece to the puzzle during his first season at the helm.
“He is the kind of kid I can go to at any time,” McGraw said.