Hard-hitting veteran safety... Third-year junior and returning All-Big
12 honoree... Second-year starter at down safety... BU's leading returning
tackler (113 in 2011)... Selected 2012 first-team All-Big 12 in Blue Ribbon
Yearbook preseason publication... Has squatted 545 pounds.
2011 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts at down
safety... Named second-team All-Big 12 by Rivals.com and honorablemention
All-Big 12 by league coaches... Selected first-team All-Texas by
Dave Campbell Texas Football... Totaled 113 tackles (second-most on squad)
including 83 solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards)... Tied for
second on team with three interceptions... Ranked fifth in Big 12 with 8.7
tackles-per-game and tied for eighth in interceptions... Had four tackles
vs. No. 14 TCU and again vs. Stephen F. Austin... Recorded career-first
interception and then-career-high nine tackles at No. 14 Kansas State...
Led team with 11 tackles (9 solo) vs. Iowa State... Added 10 tackles and
one for loss in Homecoming win against Missouri... Posted 21 tackles in
OT road win at Kansas -- tied for 10th-most in single game in Baylor
history... Had game-high 16 tackles and PBU in win over No. 5
Oklahoma... Earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for Dec.
5 after tallying 16 tackles (11 solo) and two interceptions in game 12 win
vs. Texas... Made 11 stops (4 solo) and forced fumble in Valero Alamo
Bowl win over Washington.
2010 (True Freshman): Played in 11 of 13 games during true freshman
season to earn first collegiate letter... Saw action primarily on special
teams, played snaps from scrimmage in three contests... Totaled two
tackles, both solo... One of six true freshmen to play during 2010...
Missed opener while recovering from hamstring injury... Played first
collegiate game in win over Buffalo in second week, participated on
special teams... Did not play third game (coach's decision), played final
nine regular-season games... Played from scrimmage in win at Rice in
fourth game and win vs. Kansas in fifth game - made career-first tackle
vs. KU... Made special-teams tackle in 12th game vs. No. 16 Oklahoma...
Played some safety in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois.
High School: All-state safety from Katy (Texas) High School... Played
three varsity seasons for head coach Gary Joseph at Katy... Rated No. 7
safety prospect in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine...
Named to Houston's Top 100 Footballers in 2009 by VYPE magazine and
Houston Chronicle... Named second-team AP Class 5A All-State as senior
in 2009... Selected 2009 All-Greater Houston Defensive Player of the Year
and first-team All-Greater Houston by Houston Chronicle... Led Katy to
14-2 record, state 5A DII runner-up finish and final No. 4 ranking as
senior... Selected 2009 District 17-5A Defensive MVP, Special Teams MVP
and unanimous first-team all-district... Totaled six interceptions and led
district with 16.0 yards-per-punt return as a senior... Led Katy to 2008 DII
5A state championship and 13-3 record as junior... Set school record for
tackles by compiling 178 along with 12 passes broken up and one
interception... Selected 2008 District 17-5A Co-Defensive MVP... Member
of Katy's 2007 undefeated 5A DII state title team that finished 16-0.
Personal: Son of Mark and Nylene Holl... Full name is Sam Barton
Holl... Born June 27, 1992, in Katy, Texas... Sister, Holly, plays catcher on
Baylor's softball team... Majoring in general studies.