Khaled Holmes: 5 Things You Need to Know About the USC Center

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Khaled Holmes: 5 Things You Need to Know About the USC Center

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    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. 

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Khaled Holmes

    Birthday: Jan. 19, 1990

    Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.

    School: Southern California

    Year: Senior (redshirt)

    Major: Communication

    Twitter: @KhaledHolmes

    Holmes came to USC as a guard, playing the position for a couple of seasons before taking over as the starting center.

Collegiate Stats

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    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.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 302 lbs.

    Arm Length: 35"

    Hand Size: 10.25"

    Combine Results

    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.

Family Ties

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    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.

Observations

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    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:

    Raiders & Rams GMs in the house among others RT @andy_fenelonTroy Polamalu here at USC pro day supporting bro-in-law Khaled Holmes.

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2013

    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

    "I want cake now!" RT @khaledholmes: “@jennbrown: THIS IS AMAZING...youtu.be/Zce-QT7MGSE ” this is one of their best ones yet! "Ham bone?"

    — Jenn Brown (@JennBrown) 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