Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Former South Carolina football star DeVonte Holloman is set to rejoin the Gamecocks, a week after his NFL career ended due to injury.
Holloman will be a graduate assistant starting next week, meaning he'll be working alongside the coaching staff to help prepare the players each week. A GA position is usually an entryway into the coaching profession.
Last week, Holloman was forced to retire from the Dallas Cowboys because of a condition know as stenosis, a narrowing of the tissue in his spinal cord. Holloman injured his neck last season, causing him to miss seven games, then reinjured it again in the preseason.
After consulting with doctors, he determined that he would be putting himself at risk for a paralysis if he continued playing. USC Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward immediately announced that Holloman would be welcome to join the Gamecocks.
Holloman starred for USC from 2009 to 2012, and was a sixth round pick of the Cowboys in 2013. The Rock Hill native played high school ball alongside Jadeveon Clowney at South Pointe High.
Though he won't officially be with the Gamecocks yet, he is expected to attend the team's season opener against Texas A&M Thursday.