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Keith Holcombe | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 236

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Alabama redshirt senior LB Keith Holcombe has quit football in order to focus on baseball.
"He's always wanted to play baseball. He's had an opportunity to play baseball, and we decided to give him the opportunity to go full-time in baseball this year," Tide HC Nick Saban said, explaining that Holcombe had the option to potentially give it a go as a two-sport athlete, but that the redshirt senior declined on the football side. So baseball it is, now. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was an active performer for the defending champs last season, recording 38 tackles, but Saban and his staff have been anticipating his departure for some time, as Holcombe did not take part in spring practice. His loss thins an already thin depth chart at inside linebacker. The team should be OK for now, but if Dylan Moses or Mack Wilson were to suffer injury upcoming, the lack of depth might start to become problematic. Thu, Jul 19, 2018 02:11:00 PM

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Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he believes that redshirt junior LB Keith Holcombe may not play football again in order to focus on his baseball career.

Holcombe (6'3/210) has been playing double-duty in Tuscaloosa, working both as a linebacker and as an outfielder over the past three seasons. While he was not drafted by an MLB team this week, Saban said that prior to the draft, the redshirt junior told him that "[h]e wanted to continue to try to pursue his baseball career." Lending credence to this, Holcombe did not take part in spring practice. Saban is not completely shutting the door on a return -- it's just looking like a longshot at this juncture. During the past campaign, Holcombe registered 38 tackles and three passes defended. Alabama has the talent to make up for his loss if he is, indeed, giving up the football ghost.
Fri, Jun 8, 2018 01:06:00 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore LB Keith Holcombe underwent shoulder surgery to repair an injured labrum.

Holcombe participated in spring activities, so it is fair to wonder if the injury took place during the offseason schedule. Alabama describes Holcombe as a "special teams stalwart." He has also been a part of the school's baseball team.
Thu, May 4, 2017 09:56:00 AM

Alabama redshirt freshman LB Keith Holcombe will play baseball this spring.

To be clear, Holcombe's not quitting the football team. He's merely opting for double duty. He was an all-state baseball player in high school, hitting .467 with 55 runs scored and 31 steals. He also did nice work on the mound with an 8-2 record and 3.68 ERA. Hillcrest High School baseball coach Mark Garner predicted that the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder would return to baseball at some point, saying in 2014, "It's going to be exciting to see how football and baseball mesh together in his future."
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 09:57:00 PM

Keith Holcombe, a 2014 four-star LB recruit, flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Alabama last week.

"It had always been my dream to play football in the SEC," Holcombe said. "Since I've grown up here in Tuscaloosa and my dad played at Alabama for Coach [Paul] Bryant, my ultimate goal has always been to play for the Crimson Tide." Holcombe decided to commit to MSU after he camped twice at Alabama this summer without receiving a scholarship offer. Perhaps realizing the value of what had stood in front of them, Alabama reversed course and offered Holcombe a full ride. He is the Crimson Tide's 17th 2014 commitment. ESPN currently ranks the class third overall, behind Florida State and Tennessee.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 02:34:00 PM