Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
William Hollis: My biggest accomplishment had to be in 2010-2011 season. I was a finalist for the Harlon Hill trophy given to the D2 top linebacker. I ended up coming in second. I had a monster season that year and was up for several awards and won awards in the conference. It meant a lot because I started my career at Central Missouri then went to Clark-Atlanta where I was told I could not play linebacker. I was told I was strictly a DE. Then to be nominated for that award was a great feeling. I had originally been offered a scholarship by Terry Bowden at North Alabama where I would have to sit out a season before playing, but then the mother of my child got in a car accident and I had to go take care of things and ended up in a good situation for myself.
Scott Porter: What do you feel will be the toughest adjustment from the college level to the Pro level?
William Hollis: The play books. There will be a lot of new information thrown at you that you have to pick up on rather quickly. Each game you prepare for so different. You have to learn fast and adjust fast.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
William Hollis: I want to be a Pro Bowler. I want to show the world my talents. I want to be the best. I know I am shooting for the stars with my goals, but I just want to prove to people what I can do. My big cousin is former Buffalo Bills LB Sam Rogers and he has taught me a lot in life. He always taught me what it took to be the best and what to expect and how to prepare. I also have a cousin playing at Iowa and doing very well. His name is Kevonte Martin-Manley.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
William Hollis: I think my run stop ability is a major strength of mine but my #1 strength is my pass rushing ability. I feel like people have not seen anywhere close to the best of me. I had so much going on in college between switching schools, the passing of my mother. I was not able to get to a D1 level because of my SAT otherwise I would have been able to prove myself a bit more in college.
Scott Porter: Is there a player you model your game after?
William Hollis: I would say Elvis Dumervil and Dwight Freeney are similar to me and guys I like to model my game after. I love the spin move that Freeney have. I have picked up on that from him. Dumervil is short for a DE but he has long arms. I think he most resembles me.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
William Hollis: The fun side of football that you experience in football. The atmosphere is amazing. Students coming to the game. You are representing the entire college on the field. There is a certain love you get for playing for your school. In the NFL it is all business and I am looking forward to it.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your chance in the NFL?
William Hollis: Man, I just want to show complete dominance once I get there. I want to jump out to people on the TV. I want to catch that coaches eyes and be that guy that the other team fears to play each week. I have a chip on my shoulder and I want the world to see what I can do. At the same time I want to stay very humble.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
William Hollis: I like to work out as much as possible. I like to eat. I watch a lot of movies. I am married so I spent as much time with my wife as I can.
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