Arkansas State Players Pay Tribute To Fallen Teammate To Start Season [VIDEO]
Zemaric Holt had a dream. It was a dream to took him from his home in Quincy, Florida to the quiet, rural town of Russellville, Arkansas. It was a dream to play college football, and Holt lived that dream with every ounce of passion and joy he could muster, as a defensive lineman with the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys.
Zemaric Holt's dream came to a tragic end this past July when the defensive lineman lost his life in a swimming accident north of Russellville. Holt's teammates remembered him as as a person who always had a smile and as a player with a passion.
“Zemaric was always a happy go lucky guy. Always told jokes. Had everybody excited. I mean, just a great person and always had a smile on his face.” -- Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys Coach Raymond Monica
On Saturday, the Arkansas Tech football team traveled to Bethany, Oklahoma to kick off the 2015 college football season, taking on the Southern Nazarine Thunder Cats. The Arkansas Tech players decided to honor their former teammate with a tribute to acknowledge they were one player short. A tribute that could have quite easily led to a Thunder Cat Touchdown, but the Wonder Boys elected to precede no matter the possible outcome. The Arkansas Tech elected to play one player short on the first play on defense, sending just 10 players on the field, honoring the teammate that could no longer be with them.
Southern Nazarene looked to take advantage, calling a trick play they hoped would catch the undermanned Wonder Boys off guard. But as if the spirit of Holt was filling the void, the Thunder Cats would inexplicably fumble a double reverse and Arkansas Tech scooped up the fumble and carried it in for a touchdown.
“First thing would be his personality. He was a very bright, outgoing person. Going back to his playing, he was an all-out player. He was the guy who hustled every snap.” -- Arkansas Tech Athletic Director Steve Mullins
As a further tribute to their fallen teammate, the Wonder Boys would go on to trounce Southern Nazarene 62-14. But regardless of the outcome, no score stood bigger, than the one that paid tribute to a player whose biggest dream came true as a Wonder Boy.