MEDFORD – Senior linebacker Greg Holt of the Tufts University football team earned a spot on the 2018 New England Football Writers' Association College Division All-New England team announced today.
On a Tufts defense that allowed just 13.3 points per game, Holt was the leader in tackles with 72. His 8.5 tackles for losses of 24 yards included 2.5 sacks for 11 yards in losses.
In a key win over Williams College on October 20, Holt made a season-high 13 tackles including two for losses and also forced a fumble that Tufts recovered at the Eph 13-yard line and led to the eventual game-winning touchdown. Holt earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Week for the game and also received the New England Football Writers Association's prestigious Gold Helmet Award.
A junior tri-captain this season, Holt had a pair of sacks in Tufts' season opening win at Hamilton when the defense did not allow a point (the Continentals scored on a safety). Tufts went on to shutout Bowdoin (28-0) and Colby (48-0). The defense allowed 257.9 yard per game this fall, the third-best mark in NESCAC.
One of five linebackers on the All-New England team, Holt also had 12 tackles in a win against Wesleyan and intercepted a pass in the season finale against Middlebury.
Holt was also named to the NESCAC All-Conference first team for the third straight season today. Through three seasons with the Jumbos, he has 254 tackles.
Thirty-one players representing 22 different teams were named to the 2018 New England Football Writers College Division All-New England Team. They will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at Rosaria Restaurant and Function Facility in Saugus, Mass.
Head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos finished 7-2 this season for third place in the conference.