Shreveport-Bossier Journal

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

Captain Shreve’s Aaron Holley and Terrence Greene are both late bloomers and both play defensive line for the Gators. I think they’ll catch the eyes of college recruiters this fall in their senior seasons.

Holley is a tall, long kid who came onto the scene in 2021 when he started for the first time; he finished with four sacks, 22 solo tackles and 30 total tackles on the season. He is 6-3 and 230 lean pounds with the ability to keep adding good weight in the future to be in the 6-3, 250 range in college and still be lean and still be able to run well. Holley should get a chance to go FCS or maybe even FBS in the end when it’s all said and done.

Then there’s talented senior Greene, who will be playing for the first time as a part-time starter because of the depth of the defensive line. He can run a legit 4.69 40 to a 4.7 with great football speed on the field. Greene is a legit 6-2, weighing anywhere from 220 to 225 come September for football season. He is a strong kid, too, and has the feet to become a big-time pass rusher for the program; with a great senior season, he’ll open a lot of college coaches’ eyes on the FCS or Division II level. Depending on how the season goes, he might attract some FBS schools.

Defensive line coach Greg Baswell likes Holley’s versatility.

“Aaron has one of the strongest work ethics and mindsets on our team. He never quits, wants to be coached hard, and commands a tremendous amount of respect from his teammates,” said Baswell. “Aaron creates utility for us by having the body type and intelligence to play off the edge for us as well as an interior position. Aaron loves the weight room and has put on a solid 15 pounds of muscle this offseason. He started every game last season, and I look for Aaron to have a great season this year as one of our team leaders.”

Holley’s thoughts on what football has done for him:

“Personally, I love the brotherhood of the sport; you’re never alone, and as a team you can only succeed as much as you’re willing to work together,” said Holley. “Football has been one of the biggest parts in making me into the person I am today. It’s taught me leadership but also that life is hard; there is no other way to get what you want than to work harder than everyone around you.”

Coach Baswell notes that Greene had a great spring.

“Terrence might be one of the best pure pass rushers in the area that no one knows about. Terrence has great hands and footwork and can challenge any offensive lineman at the point of attack,” said Baswell. “A very focused young man who had the best spring of any player on our defense. He made our staff take notice every day at practice and had an incredible spring game. Terrence is a very technically proficient player with a sneaky amount of athleticism. Offenses will have to slide protections based on his ability to rush the passer in 2022.”

Greene enjoys the challenges football brings.

“I like football a lot, but I think what makes it so much to love is the grind and the struggle that no one sees, and for those things to come into the light on a Friday night makes it so much better. Especially with a win to add to the record for the team.”