His return means junior Anthony Woods, 6-foot-6, 308 pounds, can shift back to his natural spot at the other tackle position, and senior Kyler Walker can go back to being primarily a defensive player.
“It's hard work being Caleb Holland,” Walker said with a laugh. “Having him back is really big, because we really need him out there. And it gives me a rest so I can go all-out on defense.”
Carl Albert will need the blocking of Holland, Woods, Gavin LaValley, Cory McCalister, Robert Lolofie and Trenton Ball to open holes against a speedy East Central defense Saturday night.
The line was the area with the most experience coming into the season, with no returning skill players behind them.
“Through the first couple weeks, we were working on jelling together,” Holland said. “Once we hit the last couple weeks of the regular season, we got things rolling. And now in the playoffs, I think we've surpassed our potential, and we're reaching new heights now.”