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October 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Ron Holmes passes away

Sad news today as it has been learned that Ron Holmes, one of the better defensive linemen in the history of Washington football, passed away early this morning. He had turned 48 in August. He had Diabetes and also had some coronary issues.

Here’s part of what I wrote in a story for our website on Holmes’ passing:

He was a 1981 graduate of Timberline High in Lacey and was signed at UW initially as a linebacker before growing into a down lineman.

He started five games in 1982 and then all 12 in 1983 and 1984, named to the All Pac-10 First Team each of his last two years and also named in 1984 as the winner of the Morris Trophy, awarded annually to the best offensive and defensive linemen in the conference as voted on by other linemen in the conference. He was also UW’s team MVP in 1984, a team that finished 11-1 and ranked No. 2 in the country after beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

When he left, he was the school’s all-time leader in sacks with 28, a record broken in 2009 by Daniel Te’o-Nesheim with 30. He also tied the school record for sacks in one game with five in 1983 against Navy.

He finished his UW career with a standout performance against Oklahoma when the Huskies upset the Sooners 28-17.

I also talked briefly with his coach at UW, Don James, who said: “What a great player. He was a good kid and a good team player.”

Here’s the full story on his death.

Also, ere’s a story I wrote on Holmes in 2002.

And here is a passage of a book I did a few years ago with Sonny Sixkiller where Sixkiller names Holmes as one of the greatest players he had ever seen at UW.

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