Keeping Score

USM product, Holmes, to compete for NFL starting job

Following the release of veteran offensive tackle Tyson Clabo by the Atlanta Falcons, former Southern Miss tackle Lamar Holmes should get a shot to start in the NFL.

Clabo has been a starter for the Falcons since 2006, taking over as the starting right tackle in 2007.

That move allows Holmes to battle for the starting position for the 2013 campaign.

Holmes was an All-Conference USA performer at Southern Miss and played a big part in USM's 12-2 C-USA title season in 2011. He was a left tackle at USM for two years after transferring in from junior college.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Holmes will be battling with Mike Johnson for the job.

Holmes, a North Carolina native, was a third-round draft pick by the Falcons in 2012.

It's been a good offseason for NFL offensive linemen from Southern Miss.

Demar Dotson, who played just one season at USM after a two-stint in the basketball program, signed a four-year contract worth $7.5 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Dotson took over as the Bucs' starting right tackle in 2012.