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Plant's Trey Holtz joining Texas football as walk-on

Trey Holtz wants to follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps as a coach someday, and the former Plant football player will take the first step next week, starting classes as a freshman at the University of Texas, where he's accepted a spot on the football team as a preferred walk-on.

"I'm really excited. It's one of my dreams to play college football, and I'd like to coach when I get older," said Holtz, who also considered playing for his father Skip at USF before choosing the Longhorns. "They say it's in my bloodlines, but it's what I want to do. Texas is a great program, and I really can't wait."

Like his father at Notre Dame, Holtz will join the program as a quarterback, though he knows he's more likely to help the team on special teams -- he was Plant's place-holder and rugby-style punter during the Panthers' state championship run. Skip Holtz moved to receiver and played primarily on special teams during his only season on father Lou's Notre Dame team in 1986. Lou was an undersized linebacker at Kent State before beginning his legendary coaching career.

"I'm going to work as hard as I can," said Trey, who is 6 feet and 180 pounds. "If there's any way to get on the field, I'm going to take that path and try to earn it."

Trey Holtz -- as in Louis Leo Holtz III -- said he fell in love with Texas when he visited campus last summer with Plant teammate Tate Rogers, who signed with Vanderbilt. He said he would have loved the chance to play for his father, but Skip said he appreciates the decision his son has made.

"I would have loved to have him come to South Florida, but I went away to school, too. I get it," said Skip, who went to South Bend when his father was head coach at Arkansas. "I'm excited for him. Selfishly, it was painful for me when he got in (to Texas) because I would have loved the opportunity to be around him another four years as my son. I'm excited for him and the decision he's made."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:40am]

    

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