30 in 30: Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield

Elijah Holyfield is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s the son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield. But Elijah says he’s excited to start writing his own story, and proving just how versatile he can be. 

“I think a lot more people just think I’m a big physical back,” said Holyfield. “They think I don’t really do much, don’t really have any shake. I think I have a little finess, I have good footwork and I can make people miss as well.”

Last season with the Bulldogs, Holyfield had 159 carries for 1,018, and scored 7 touchdowns. The between the tackles runner says there’s a lot he’ll bring to an NFL team.

“I think I can be a three down back and I can also do other things,” said Holyfield. “I can pass protect, I can catch, i can play special teams if need be so I think I’m the full package.”

A knock on the running back has been the fact that he was a rotational back for the Bulldogs. He spent his first two years at Georgia playing behind running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. 

“Georgia has great backs and we have great players all around the field, so you have to get the ball to a lot of guys,” said Holyfield. “I understand, we have great playmakers everywhere we have multiple guys here at the combine and more guys at the school so it’s only one ball so I would do whatever I had to do to help my team.”

Holyfield has been compared to Mark Ingraham, and is expected to go in the late rounds. Regardless of when or where he’s selected, the running back says he’s staying true to himself, and his craft. 

“I’m just remaining who I am and doing the things that got me here,” said Holyfield. “Don’t switch up now that you’re here you know what I’m saying. Do the same things that I’ve worked to do to get here.”

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