For all the collegiate success since the turn of the century, the USC football factory hasn't met with a ton of success at the next level.
Offensive linemen have met with some of that success during that time, and Khaled Holmes hopes to be the next in line. Here are five things you should know about him.
Offensive linemen don't have any particular statistical relevance, but they certainly help others with their statistics. The offense hasn't been spectacular for USC.
Interestingly enough, the team averaged five yards per carry and scored exactly 12 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons. While those might not be spectacular, they aren't terrible either.
Holmes was also a big part of Matt Barkley's protection as a passer, and he did a good job in the middle of that line.
Weight: 302 lbs.
Arm Length: 35"
Hand Size: 10.25"
225-pound bench press: 13 reps
Holmes strained a pectoral muscle at the combine, a reason why he only put up 13 reps in the bench press. It kept him from participating in USC's pro day.
Football runs in the Holmes family.
Before Khaled came to USC, older brother Alex roamed the field as a tight end. He was a contributor on two national championship teams.
Sadly for the younger brother, sanctions and a precipitous drop-off in quality have made his college career far less successful than the elder's. Alex only had two seasons in the NFL, though; hopefully Khaled's career will be the inverse.
Usually guys from USC have a higher profile, but Khaled Holmes is flying low. There are still plenty of observations in social media, however. Here is a sampling from Twitter:
USC C RT @khaledholmes Report of lockerroom incident blown out of proportion. Many disappointed competitive young men but no punches thrown!— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 16, 2013
Khaled Holmes on Combine advice from brother-in-law Troy Polamalu: "just be myself. Don't go out."— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 21, 2013