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Al Holcomb
Linebackers
College:
West Virginia
Experience:
9

Bio

COACHING
Al Holcomb is in his fifth season leading the Panthers' linebackers in 2017. Under Holcomb's guidance, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis have become one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL.

In 2016, Holcomb again helped Kuechly and Davis to Pro Bowl selections with Kuechly adding second-team All-Pro honors. Davis led the team in tackles for the first time in his 12-year NFL career, while Kuechly produced his fifth consecutive 100-tackle season despite missing the final six games. The pair combined for four interceptions and 4.5 sacks on a defense that ranked second in the NFL in sacks with 47 and tied for first in the NFC in interceptions with 17. Second-year linebacker Shaq Thompson continued to emerge, making 12 starts and posting 70 tackles.

Holcomb's linebacking corps played an integral role in the Panthers winning the NFC Championship and advancing to Super Bowl 50 in 2015. Kuechly earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors for the third consecutive year despite missing three games due to injury, and Davis was honored with Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition for the first time in his career after recording his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season. The duo, along with first-round draft choice Thompson who started 10 games, helped Carolina field a top-10 defense for the fourth consecutive season, leading the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39) and turnover differential (plus-20). In recognition of his efforts, Pro Football Focus voted Holcomb as the runner-up for its linebacker coach of the year award.

In 2014, Kuechly earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro distinctions after leading the NFL in tackles for the second time in three seasons, and Davis produced his third consecutive 100-tackle season. Kuechly and Davis combined for 18 tackles and one interception in Carolina's 27-16 NFC Wild Card victory over Arizona as the defense limited the Cardinals to an NFL postseason record 78 total net yards.

In 2013, led by Kuechly and Davis, Holcomb's charges were instrumental in Carolina ranking second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense. Under Holcomb's guidance, Kuechly followed up his 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season by earning the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, while Davis cemented his return from three knee surgeries with the best season of his career.

Kuechly became one of eight players to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in a career and just the second to win the awards in his first two seasons, joining Lawrence Taylor. Twice in 2013, Kuechly was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, including after his franchise-record 26-tackle performance versus New Orleans. Kuechly finished the season with a team-leading 176 tackles, the second most in team history behind his record 205 tackles in 2012.

Davis started all 16 games in 2013 for the first time since 2008 and set or tied career highs in tackles (151), sacks (four) and interceptions (two). He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November as his play helped the Panthers earn a 4-0 record during the month. He earlier earned NFC Player of the Week recognition for his 10-tackle, two-sack effort in a 35-10 victory at Minnesota.

Holcomb came to Carolina in 2013 after four seasons with the New York Giants, where he served as a defensive assistant from 2011-12 and defensive quality control coach from 2009-10. The Giants ranked in the top seven in the league in total defense in two of Holcomb's four years, and he capped his first season as a defensive assistant with a victory in Super Bowl XLVI.

He also gained professional coaching experience by participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program with the New York Jets during minicamp and training camp in 2007.

Prior to joining the Giants, Holcomb was a college coach for 14 years. He oversaw the defensive line at Lafayette from 2006-08, tutoring five different defensive linemen to All-Patriot League honors. From 2004-05, Holcomb coached at Kutztown University, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in addition to being the interim head coach in the winter of 2005. He previously spent six years from 1998-2003 at Bloomsburg University as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Holcomb worked as linebackers coach, assistant track coach and physical education instructor at Colby College in 1997. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple from 1995-96, helping with linebackers.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A 1993 graduate of West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in sport management, Holcomb earned a master's degree in athletic coaching education from there in 1996. While pursuing his graduate degree, he volunteered as an administrative assistant with the Mountaineers.

HISTORY
College coach: Temple 1995-96, Colby College 1997, Bloomsburg 1998-2003, Kutztown 2004-05, Lafayette 2006-08. Pro coach: New York Giants 2009-12, joined Panthers in 2013.

COACHING
Al Holcomb is in his fifth season leading the Panthers' linebackers in 2017. Under Holcomb's guidance, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis have become one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL.

In 2016, Holcomb again helped Kuechly and Davis to Pro Bowl selections with Kuechly adding second-team All-Pro honors. Davis led the team in tackles for the first time in his 12-year NFL career, while Kuechly produced his fifth consecutive 100-tackle season despite missing the final six games. The pair combined for four interceptions and 4.5 sacks on a defense that ranked second in the NFL in sacks with 47 and tied for first in the NFC in interceptions with 17. Second-year linebacker Shaq Thompson continued to emerge, making 12 starts and posting 70 tackles.

Holcomb's linebacking corps played an integral role in the Panthers winning the NFC Championship and advancing to Super Bowl 50 in 2015. Kuechly earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors for the third consecutive year despite missing three games due to injury, and Davis was honored with Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition for the first time in his career after recording his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season. The duo, along with first-round draft choice Thompson who started 10 games, helped Carolina field a top-10 defense for the fourth consecutive season, leading the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39) and turnover differential (plus-20). In recognition of his efforts, Pro Football Focus voted Holcomb as the runner-up for its linebacker coach of the year award.

In 2014, Kuechly earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro distinctions after leading the NFL in tackles for the second time in three seasons, and Davis produced his third consecutive 100-tackle season. Kuechly and Davis combined for 18 tackles and one interception in Carolina's 27-16 NFC Wild Card victory over Arizona as the defense limited the Cardinals to an NFL postseason record 78 total net yards.

In 2013, led by Kuechly and Davis, Holcomb's charges were instrumental in Carolina ranking second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense. Under Holcomb's guidance, Kuechly followed up his 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season by earning the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, while Davis cemented his return from three knee surgeries with the best season of his career.

Kuechly became one of eight players to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in a career and just the second to win the awards in his first two seasons, joining Lawrence Taylor. Twice in 2013, Kuechly was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, including after his franchise-record 26-tackle performance versus New Orleans. Kuechly finished the season with a team-leading 176 tackles, the second most in team history behind his record 205 tackles in 2012.

Davis started all 16 games in 2013 for the first time since 2008 and set or tied career highs in tackles (151), sacks (four) and interceptions (two). He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November as his play helped the Panthers earn a 4-0 record during the month. He earlier earned NFC Player of the Week recognition for his 10-tackle, two-sack effort in a 35-10 victory at Minnesota.

Holcomb came to Carolina in 2013 after four seasons with the New York Giants, where he served as a defensive assistant from 2011-12 and defensive quality control coach from 2009-10. The Giants ranked in the top seven in the league in total defense in two of Holcomb's four years, and he capped his first season as a defensive assistant with a victory in Super Bowl XLVI.

He also gained professional coaching experience by participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program with the New York Jets during minicamp and training camp in 2007.

Prior to joining the Giants, Holcomb was a college coach for 14 years. He oversaw the defensive line at Lafayette from 2006-08, tutoring five different defensive linemen to All-Patriot League honors. From 2004-05, Holcomb coached at Kutztown University, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in addition to being the interim head coach in the winter of 2005. He previously spent six years from 1998-2003 at Bloomsburg University as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Holcomb worked as linebackers coach, assistant track coach and physical education instructor at Colby College in 1997. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple from 1995-96, helping with linebackers.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A 1993 graduate of West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in sport management, Holcomb earned a master's degree in athletic coaching education from there in 1996. While pursuing his graduate degree, he volunteered as an administrative assistant with the Mountaineers.

HISTORY
College coach: Temple 1995-96, Colby College 1997, Bloomsburg 1998-2003, Kutztown 2004-05, Lafayette 2006-08. Pro coach: New York Giants 2009-12, joined Panthers in 2013.