Martaveous Holliday | University of La Verne | RB/KR
Twitter: @Martaveous_h | Instagram: @Martaveous.Holliday
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like?
A: My College career has been very successful but had a lot of moving around. I went to three different colleges. The first college I attended out of High school was the university of Nevada Las Vegas. I earned scout team player of the year but after the fall semester UNLV had a coaching change. Unfortunately I did not like the way the new head coach Tony Sanchez was handling things so I chose to take the JUCO route. I went to Santa Monica college for two years and played one season where I earned All conference and we won the championship. I chose to stay close to home after I graduated from SMC and attended the University of La verne. I earned SCIAC All conference 2018-2019 and ULV Offensive Player of the year 2019.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: 2018/2019 SCIAC All Conference and ULV offensive player of the year. Also 2014-2015 UNLV scout team player of the year at that time any doubt I had that I could play division 1 football with the beat was gone.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at University of La Verne?
A: Coach Krich my head coach at the University of La verne had a saying R.Y.F.P which means reach your full potential. I will always remember that because that’s the most important thing in life if you try to reach your full potential in everything you do, you will always be successful.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is Multi Media Communications. I know making it in football is a slim chance to none, all I can hope for is an opportunity from a NFL/XFL team but all my eggs are not in the professional football basket. I am going to fire academy and becoming a firman right after I graduated in May. I have a love for fashion also. I will continue to pursued fashion design. I have my own street fashion brand called Lamar Lèon which is doing pretty well. FIDM is a fashion design school in Downtown LA. The school is about 25 minutes from my hometown so I possibly will start taking classes there also.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say I am someone they can count on, that I’m very consistent on the field. You will never get a bad game out of me. I am a hard worker and I try my best no matter what the score is or the circumstance. My coaches would also say I love the game of football and I have a high football IQ.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: Of course I wanted to play hard every game, but I was set on making sure I had one big, stand out game during my final senior season. In my homecoming game, I had 296 all purpose yards, four touchdowns, and I scored the last touchdown of the game which would leave the score 50-30. That game is the most memorable.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge this past senior season was deciding if I wanted to invest my time into pursuing professional football. I know I am good enough to play on any level but coming out of a small school the odds of making it are even more slim than they normally are, only 1.3% College players across the nation make it to the NFL. I had to tell myself I didn’t come this far to not at least try.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Alvin Kamara. Alvin is a dynamic running back, he has great vision and he is able to catch the ball like a receiver out of the backfield. Kamara makes at least one big play every game if you get him the ball. I am the same way as a running back.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I would say my story and my versatility separates me from other players. As a division 1 bounce back and a juco product, and then as a division 3 player, I haven’t had the same opportunities as other players have had at bigger schools. My diverse skill set makes me a player who isn’t easy to fit in a box. I’m the guy who has quickness and explosiveness, but can also break tackles and block, and even catch a pass as a slot receiver.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Holliday’s Helping Hands is a company that I am co owner of with my mom Kation Holliday. I help with clothing drives twice a year with HHH. Serenity recuperative care is also another company I help feed the homeless with. The companies number one goal is to end homelessness in LA and then across the U.S. HHH and Serenity recuperative care are both based in the Los Angeles District.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I’ll be combine training at STARS, based in Anaheim. My goals are to get faster and heavier. I’m looking forward to lifting heavy and improving my explosiveness. I know the 40 is whats most important to NFL scouts so I have to run a fast time.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be getting invited to an NFL tryout or mini camp.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy fashion and designing clothing. I am also a gym rat, I love going to the gym to workout.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My mom has had the biggest influence on my life from a business stand point. I want to be successful in whatever work field I am in. I want to make enough money so I could possibly start my own businesses and become a mogul like my mother.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I own two different companies at the age of 24.