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A stabilizing force on the offensive line for the Tar Heels, Jolly ended his career having started every game over the past three seasons at left tackle. He earned honorable mention all-ACC honors in 2009.
Jolly has tallied 38 starts in Butch Davis' pro-style offense, but despite his impressive size and durability, Jolly could struggle to find a role in the NFL.
He lacks the balance and foot speed to remain at left tackle, the only position he's played with the Tar Heels. His height, while an asset outside at tackle, could prove a detriment inside at guard, where Jolly's lack of balance and poor use of leverage could be further exposed.
Pass blocking: Classic waist-bender with only adequate initial quickness. Chucks his way back into pass protection. Catches the defensive end with long arms and strong hands, but doesn't sustain well due to only marginal balance. Doesn't slide his feet laterally to remain square to the pass-rusher. Better than expected quickness for the cut block on the quick screen.
Run blocking: Comes off the snap high, losing leverage quickly. Provides an initial pop as a drive-blocker but isn't consistently able to push the pile due to his leverage issues. Stops moving his feet once he makes contact. Adequate quickness to beat the defender to the edge, turn and seal. Struggles with balance and spends too much time on the ground. Does a workman-like job, but would like to see more nastiness.
Pulling/trapping: Flashes a burst of quickness when he has to pull, but isn't athletic enough to sustain this speed. Lacks the body control to adjust to oncoming defenders. Is forced to lunge, too often missing. Surprisingly effective on the quick trap block.
Initial Quickness: Only adequate in this area. Can be beaten by speed off the edge. Does not possess the burst to remain at left tackle in the NFL. Quick enough to get his hands into the chest of the defender, but isn't effective due to his struggles with leverage and balance.
Downfield: Good effort, but lacks the sustained quickness and body control to consistently get to the second level. Lumbers in space and struggles to adjust to the moving target. Loses his balance and ends up on the ground too often.
Intangibles: Durable. Started the final 38 games of his career. Nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
Made 38 consecutive starts at left tackle ... Owns a 78 percent grade and 31 knock-down blocks on the season ... Posted a 76-percent grade and two knock-downs at NC State ... Graded at 71 percent with one knock-down at Boston College ... Graded out at 77 percent with two knock-downs against Miami Posted a team-best 87 percent grade and four knock-down blocks versus Duke ... Notched a 75 percent grade and two knock-downs at Virginia Tech ... Had two knock-downs against Florida State ... Graded a team-high 89 percent with three knock-downs versus Georgia Southern ... Posted one knock-down against Virginia ... Logged an 88-percent grade and two knock-downs at Georgia Tech ... Graded at 80 percent with two knock-downs against East Carolina ... Posted at 79 percent grade with four knock-downs at Connecticut ... Graded at 85 percent with six knock-down blocks against The Citadel.
Started all 13 games in 2008 ... Graded at 87 percent at Duke and had three knockdown blocks ... Graded at 75 percent against NC State ... Logged a 72 percent grade and one knockdown at Maryland ... Graded at 77 percent in the victory over No. 20 Georgia Tech ... Registered an 87 percent grade and two knock-downs in the win over No. 23 Boston College ... Posted a 76 percent grade with two knockdowns at Virginia ... Graded at 80 percent with four knockdowns versus Notre Dame ... Recorded an 87 percent grade and three knockdowns versus Connecticut ... Logged an 82 percent grade and three knockdowns at Miami ... Graded out at 78 percent with two knockdowns versus Virginia Tech ... Notched an 83 percent grade at Rutgers ... Posted a team-best 92 percent grade and six knockdown blocks against McNeese.
Started all 12 games at left tackle • Posted a 78 percent grade with 31 knock-downs on the season • Registered an 89 percent grade and four knock-downs in the win over Duke • Graded at 80 percent with three knock-downs at Georgia Tech • Graded out at 80 percent with four knock-downs vs. Maryland • Graded at 75 percent with a pair of knock-downs at Wake Forest • Registered five knock-downs in the win over Miami • Recorded an 84 percent grade and four knock-downs at Virginia Tech • Rated at 83 percent at USF?• Had an 85 percent grade against Virginia • Graded at 72 percent with five knock-downs at ECU • Made first career start at left tackle vs. JMU and recorded two knock-downs.
Saw action as a reserve tackle and on special teams on extra points in 2006.
Redshirted in 2005.
Ranked among the top 30 players in Virginia by SuperPrep • Three-year starter on offense and defense at tight end and defensive tackle • Earned all-state private school honors as a tight end and defensive tackle • Named first-team All-Richmond Metro • Caught 15 passes with five touchdowns and registered 70 tackles as a senior • Voted team MVP and offensive MVP • Named first-team All Virginia Commonwealth Conference tight end and first-team All-VCC defensive tackle • First-team All Metro Offensive Tackle as selected by Richmond Times Dispatch • Team won the Virginia Division I championship as a junior • Thought to be the first player from Powhatan County to receive a Division I-A scholarship • Outstanding youth swimmer • Coached by Mike Henderson.
Son of Eric and Joan Jolly • Born on July 22, 1987 • Majoring in exercise and sports science.