Allan Holland has amassed some very impressive statistics during his three seasons at Eastern Kentucky University.

The senior quarterback has set school records, completed more than 60 percent of his passes and threw for almost 2,000 yards last season as the Colonels (0-2) claimed their first Ohio Valley Conference title in a decade.

Still, there is one statistic that stands out above all to EKU coach Dean Hood.

Holland has thrown just seven interceptions in 420 pass attempts.

“The thing that has impressed me the most is the way he takes care of the football,” Hood said of Holland. “We’ve played two pretty good football teams and he has one interception and no fumbles. And he’s been whacked pretty good.”

After setting a new school record by going 201 attempts without an interception last year, Holland has once again taken care of the ball this season.

In losses to two FBS (Division I-A) opponents — Cincinnati and Western Kentucky — the senior completed 36-of-57 throws for 369 yards and had just one turnover. He has also run the ball 12 times, highlighted by a 6-yard TD run against WKU, and has been sacked four times without turning the ball over. Holland, the 2007 OVC Offensive Player of the Year, is currently third in the league in passing yards per game (184.5) and eighth in pass efficiency (119.8).

“He’s run it a few times and he has thrown in between some coverages,” Hood said of Holland’s performance this season. “He threw a low burner to Stephen Sizemore (against WKU) and that was the only place he could have thrown it.”

Hazard connection

Holland’s favorite target so far this season has been tight end Stephen Sizemore.

The two Hazard natives has connected 14 times for 105 yards, including eight times last week against Western Kentucky.

“Stephen has got great hands and he’s finding ways to get open,” Holland said. “When we driving for our first touchdown (against WKU), I threw one up and he made a spectacular catch. So, I’m going to keep feeding him the ball if he keeps making catches like that.”

Sizemore was a Second-Team All-OVC selection last season, but only had 20 catches. The senior is currently tied with Henry Sailes of Tennessee Tech as the OVC leader in catches a game (seven) and is 10th in yards receiving a game (52.5).

Holland went to Perry County Central and Sizemore attended Hazard High School. Both graduated in 2003.

New linebackers making an impact

The Colonels started the season without a linebacker on the roster who had ever made a start at this level.

But so far, a group of somewhat inexperienced players has performed pretty well.

The top three tacklers on the team are linebackers — Tyjuan Jones (23), Ryan Viana (19) and Antonio Fredrick (18) — and another, Jordan Dalrymple, is sixth (13).

“We haven’t had much game experience as a group,” Dalrymple said. “But as time goes, we will get more comfortable and get our assignments down. I think we play well together.”

Jones had an eye-popping 16 tackles against Western, while Viana had nine in the opener and 10 more tackles last week.

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