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"Up Close" with Avery Holley


Avery Holley enters the season as one of the most productive receivers on the team. The redshirt-senior has 49 career receptions for 549 yards and 3 touchdowns, with his best statistical season being last year, in which he had 22 receptions for 224 yards and 1 touchdown.

One of the few FAU players to not actually redshirt their freshman season, Holley made an instant impact early on, playing in all 11 games and recording a reception in each during his first season with the team. His sophomore season was cut short due to an ACL tear in the first game which led him to redshirting.

A graduate of Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, Holley was a star in both football and basketball while in high school, earning All-State football and basketball honors. When Holley arrived at FAU, he played both football and basketball with the Owls, becoming the first FAU player to play both sports. Holley’s basketball career was ended short due to a shoulder injury that made him have to focus on one sport.

Holley claims that people think he looks mean because of his dreadlocked hair style, but really he is a nice guy once you know him.

Holley recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Steak, with a little asparagus and mash potatoes.”

What is your pet peeve?

“I can’t stand people that leave the toilet seat down.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“Kobe Bryant, because of his work ethic, determination, and his will to never be complacent no matter how great he is.”

What are you most proud of?

“That I will be graduating in the upcoming year, that’s one of my greatest moments.”

What is your major?

“Sociology, I want to open up a daycare, I love kids.”

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“Catching the ball and getting yards after the catch. I feel like I’m one of the most explosive receivers that we have, in terms of speed
and making plays after the catch.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“Run blocking late in the game. If it’s not coming my way I can’t take a play off, because Alfred can always cut it back.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“Basketball. Other schools had givien, me a chance to play both, but there was to many contingences. FAU was straight up about it.

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“I want to continue to get bigger and stronger, and I want to have my best season yet and help my team accomplish their goals which are to win the Sun Belt and go to a bigger bowl game.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“Texas. I didn’t get to play against them when we played them before, and it’s a great facility. I want to play the best.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I have a labrador named Rocky. He’s a great dog that protects my house and is my best friend.”


Coming up, our next player graduated from high school with a 4.1 GPA.