Defensive Back
Height 6'0"
Weight 175
Year Senior
Hometown Virginia Beach, Va.
High School Norfolk Academy
Major Political Science
Experience 3 Letters
School: CC
Birthdate March 06, 1996




Has seen action in 30 career games as a defensive back and key special teams performer … Concluded career with 10 tackles … Blocked two kicks on special teams during his four-year career, which ranks among school leaders … Four-year letterwinner.




Played in all 10 games as a senior defensive back … Key contributor on special teams … Listed as a backup cornerback on the depth chart … Finished year with seven tackles (five solo) and one punt block … Blocked punt which Columbia recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, made a career-high three tackles in season finale and senior day vs. Brown (Nov. 18) … Made two tackles at Marist (Oct. 7).




Played in eight of 10 games … Made three tackles on special teams (two solo) … Contributed at defensive back and on special teams … Made two solo tackles at Brown (Nov. 19) … Made a tackle at Wagner (Oct. 8).




Played in seven games, primarily at defensive back and on special teams … Earned varsity letter as a sophomore.




Saw action in three games … Contributed at defensive back and on special teams … Earned varsity letter.




A 2014 graduate of Norfolk Academy High School in Norfolk, Va., where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Steve Monninger … First Team All-Conference as a defensive back … Second Team All-League selection as a wide receiver … Played on both defense and offense … Led Bulldogs to 7-3 overall record and a state playoff appearance as a senior … Team captain as a senior … Three-sport athlete who also participated in basketball, baseball track and field … Four-year varsity letterwinner in basketball … Top track and field times are 11.68 in 100-meter dash, 16.28 in the 110-meter hurdles, 41.94 in the 300-meter hurdles, 5-4 in the high jump, 19-0 in the long jump and 38-2 in the triple jump … Served in student government as treasurer … Four-year honor roll student … Earned Helping Hands Award … Member of Diversity Culture Club.




Born Tyler Jacob Holmes on March 6, 1996 … Son of Bernard Holmes and Judith Ocasio … Has a brother Travis and sister Kelli … Father attended Norfolk State and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia, while mother attended Queens College and earned her MBA at Long Island University … Brother earned his master’s degree in international relations from the University of San Francisco and sister has her MSW from Norfolk State … Played high school football with Columbia teammate Greg Washington … Along with Washington, became the first two student-athletes to attend an Ivy League institution from the Hampton Roads area in 10 years … Served as a teacher-coach in the Dominican Republic as part of a program called Outreach360 … Will serve as Treasurer of the Black Student Organization at Columbia … Also involved with the Men of Color Alliance … Frequent volunteer at community organizations including local schools, homeless shelters and sports camps … Served as a camp counselor in high school … Enrolled at Columbia College … Majors in Political Science.

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