Jamelle Holieway is getting some attention for the second year in a row.
Not bad for a guy who played college football in the 1980s.
Holieway remains the only true freshman quarterback in college football's modern era to lead a team to a national championship. He accomplished the feat in 1985 with the Oklahoma Sooners, taking over as the starter when Troy Aikman went down with a broken leg early in the season.
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Holieway is glad to be remembered.
"Hey, that's the only reason why you're calling me right now," he said, chuckling when reached by phone this week. "You have to have some kind of good history going on to still be getting calls."
Last season, Alabama's Jalen Hurts nearly joined Holieway's very exclusive club. With its freshman QB leading the way, the Crimson Tide reached the national championship game, only to lose to Clemson on a last-second touchdown pass.
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Now, it's Georgia's Jake Fromm trying to follow in Holieway's footsteps. The Bulldogs (9-0) are ranked second by The Associated Press and lead the College Football Playoff standings.
"They were calling me last year from Alabama," Holieway recalled. "They came up a minute short against Deshaun Watson."
Holieway will always remember the faith that Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer showed in his freshman quarterback after Aikman was injured.
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"When I would mess up, fumble or throw an interception, for him to keep his composure and stick with me meant everything," Holieway said. "When it was like, 'Aww, he's having a freshman moment, not doing what he's supposed to do, not being the leader he's capable of,' Coach Switzer would give me confidence. The team would give me confidence. They were like, 'You're all we've got. Let's do it.'"
He wouldn't mind seeing Fromm go all the way _ though, of course, that wouldn't be Holieway's first choice. He's pulling for his alma mater, which is ranked No. 5 in the CFP standings and challenging for a spot in the four-team playoff.
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