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DeVonte Holloman joining Gamecocks' staff

DEVONTE HOLLOMAN, Linebacker, 6-2, 241. NFL.com Grade: 70.5. Bottom Line: Shows off his ability to lay the wood and move in coverage. Could be a solid pick as a Sam 'backer, and a likely candidate to outplay his draft position. — NFL.com
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN, Linebacker, 6-2, 241. NFL.com Grade: 70.5. Bottom Line: Shows off his ability to lay the wood and move in coverage. Could be a solid pick as a Sam 'backer, and a likely candidate to outplay his draft position. — NFL.com jblake@thestate.com

DeVonte Holloman is coming home.

Following a neck injury that ended his NFL career, Holloman, a South Carolina letterman from 2009-12, has agreed to join the Gamecocks’ coaching staff as a video assistant. Because the academic semester has already begun at USC, Holloman can’t be a graduate assistant coach; he will help with video this semester and enroll in spring.

“He’ll be part of the staff,” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward confirmed. “He’ll start out, because he can’t get in grad school as we speak, it’s too late to get in, but he’ll (be) helping the video department and in the spring, he’ll hopefully get into grad school and be a GA here.”

He will begin working with the team next week.

Holloman, a Charlotte native who played his senior season at South Pointe High School with close friend Stephon Gilmore, decommitted from Clemson after Tommy Bowden was fired in 2008. A month later, he decided to follow Gilmore to USC.

A standout at strong safety, Holloman moved to spur as a senior and had his most productive season. He finished fourth on the team that year with 57 tackles, including eight for loss and his only two career sacks. He also intercepted three passes and forced two fumbles.

Holloman had 207 tackles in his career, 22 for loss, and seven interceptions. Three of his picks came against Clemson, one each in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

He was a sixth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 and played in nine games as a rookie. He missed seven after his first neck injury and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Holloman re-aggravated the injury in a preseason game on Aug. 16. His arm briefly locked up after a tackle and doctors advised him to give up football.

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