Hard-hitting senior nickelback, third-year starter and 2011 All-Big 12 honoree... 200 career tackles (second-most on squad), team-high six career interceptions entering 2013... 37 career games played (tied for seventh-most on squad) and 23 career starts (tied for fourth on team) entering 2013 season... Has started 18 straight games entering 2013... Moved from safety to "Bear"/nickelback position in spring 2013... Fall 2012 and spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection... Timed at 4.49 in 40-yard dash, has squatted 545 pounds... Sister, Holly, starting 1B for Baylor's softball team.
2012 (Junior): Starter at safety in all 13 games, one of 10 players to start every game...Totaled 85 tackles (62 solo, one for loss), team-high three interceptions, seven PBUs, four hurries, two fumble recoveries (three yards) and two forced fumbles... 6.5 tackles-per-game average ranked 20th in Big 12... Named to fall 2012 and spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Had four tackles (one for loss), one interception, two PBUs and hurry in season-opening win over SMU... Made nine tackles (five solo) at Texas in sixth game... Had season-high 13 tackles (eight solo), forced fumble, returned fumble (three yards) at Iowa State in seventh game... Made 11 stops, forced fumble and had QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Had nine tackles (seven solo) at No. 14 Oklahoma in ninth game.... Finished with two tackles, but returned third quarter interception 18 yards to set up TD in upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game... Also had QB hurry and PBU in K-State win... Eight tackles (six solo) in win over No. 24 Oklahoma State in 12th game... Made four tackles and career-high four PBUs in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA.
2011 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts at down safety... Named second-team All-Big 12 by Rivals.com and honorable mention 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 first base on Baylor's softball team... Majoring in general studies.