May 3, 2012
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ASHBURN, Va. - Former Cal linebacker D.J. Holt has agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Holt was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection that played in 50 of 51 games possible and made 33 starts at Cal from 2007-11. He finished his collegiate career with 218 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss (-66 yards), 4.0 sacks (-26 yards), three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, eight pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.
Holt earned his second consecutive honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection from the league's coaches as a senior while playing opposite Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Mychal Kendricks at the Golden Bears' other inside linebacker spot. He also shared the team's Bear Backers MVP honor on the defensive side of the ball with Kendricks, earned a second-team All-Pac-12 spot from Phil Steele and was recognized on the ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog's All-Underrated squad. Holt started all 13 games in his senior year and was second on the team with 82 tackles, while ranking third on the club with a career-high 10.5 tackles for loss (-40 yards). He also added a career-high-tying 2.0 sacks (-13 yards), two pass breakups and a team-high two quarterback hurries, while ranking among the per-game Pac-12 leaders in both tackles for loss (10th, 0.81) and tackles (16th, 6.31). Holt led or co-led the team in tackles on five occasions, including his season-high 11 stops at Oregon. He had at least 1.0 tackle for loss in 10 of 13 contests.
As a junior Holt started all 12 games and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for the first time while ranking second on the club with a career-high 85 tackles after leading the squad for much of the season. He did pace the club with a career-high three forced fumbles and was tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.25 forced fumbles per contest. His per-game tackle average of 7.1 tied for 13th in the conference. Holt was also fourth on the club with 5.5 tackles for loss (-21 yards) and tied for fourth with a career-high-tying 2.0 sacks (-13 yards). He added three pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery. Holt recorded a career-high 16 tackles at Nevada that were the most by a Cal defender since Thomas DeCoud also had 16 stops at Washington in 2007, and tied for the most by a Cal defender in 2010.
Holt started eight of 13 games as a sophomore and contributed 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards), three pass breakups and a fumble recovery which he returned 16 yards. The Bears were 7-1 during his eight starts. He recorded a season-high-tying seven tackles twice vs. Oregon State (career-high 2.0 TFL) and vs. Eastern Washington.
He was a reserve linebacker as a redshirt freshman, playing in 12 of 13 games off the bench with 14 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard).
Six former Cal players were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft that concluded Saturday including second-round picks in offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall), third-round punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall), fifth-round wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall), and seventh round choices in defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings, No. 219 overall).
Holt is one of an additional six former Cal players to have been announced by NFL teams to have agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract following the 2012 draft. Wide receiver Michael Calvin (Atlanta Falcons), safety Sean Cattouse (San Diego Chargers), offensive lineman Justin Cheadle (Kansas City Chiefs), tight end Anthony Miller (Denver Broncos) and defensive lineman Ernest Owusu (Minnesota Vikings) have also agreed to terms.
Additional announcements of former Cal players agreeing to terms on undrafted free agent contracts are expected soon but will not be made until after official announcements by the NFL team.