Could 2022 be a Breakout Season for Traeshon Holden?
Patience has proven to be effective at the University of Alabama as evident with players such as Mac Jones, Brian Robinson and Jalyn Armour-Davis. Guys who continued to grind behind the scenes and when their opportunity finally came — took full advantage.
With Jameson Williams, John Metchie and Slade Bolden off to the NFL, the Crimson Tide need to replace three of their top four pass catchers from a season ago. Traeshon Holden enters his third year in the Alabama program with an opportunity to become a bigger part of the offense. He will be competing with Jermaine Burton and Ja’Corey Brooks for the starting “X” and “Z” spots.
Holden was a four-star prospect in the 2020 recruiting class coming out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, CA.
He appeared in five games as a freshman, but did not record any stats. Holden watched DeVonta Smith capture college football’s most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy. Smith would be selected in the top 10 of the 2021 NFL Draft along with fellow wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.
Last season, Holden appeared in all 15 games as part of the wideout rotation. He reeled in 21 receptions for 239 yards and a touchdown. In front of him, Williams and Metchie formed one of college football’s most dangerous duos. Williams caught 72 passes for 1,572 and 15 touchdowns — the latter two were the third most in school history. Metchie reeled in 96 receptions of his own, third most in program history and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds, Holden is the biggest receiver on the Alabama roster. He displays strong hands and has excellent body control in and out of breaks. Although, Holden is a bigger framed wideout, he showed the ability to outrun defenders in a 29-yard catch-and-run against Mississippi State.
He has a strong rapport with quarterback Bryce Young. The two have a relationship that has been brewing for years — dating back to when they played on the same 7-on-7 team in high school. 2022 could prove to a breakout season for Holden.