Holton Ahlers

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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Ahlers will enter his fifth season with the Pirates in a very different situation than the 2021 season. The senior quarterback threw for 3,126 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (256-of-414) in 2021, but of the four receivers who broke 35 catches last season for East Carolina, three of them are not part of the program in 2022. Tyler Snead was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers, CJ Johnson was suspended indefinitely from the program in February, and Audie Omotosho utilized his final year of eligibility in 2021. Ahlers will need to rely on a new set of receivers in 2022. Notable names looking to take on a large role with the program in 2022 include: incoming Georgia transfer Jaylen Johnson, who notched five catches for 49 yards in six games with the Bulldogs, and junior Jsi Hatfield, who tallied 15 catches for 294 yards and three touchdowns with the Pirates in 2021. East Carolina will retain workhorse running backs Keaton Mitchell and Rahjai Harris, along with tight end Ryan Jones (37 catches for 442 yards and five touchdowns in 2021), which should help smooth out the offensive efficiency in this transition period, but Ahlers will need to adapt in order to have success in 2022 with East Carolina. Read Past Outlooks
Military Bowl canceled
December 26, 2021
Monday's Military Bowl between East Carolina and Boston College has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues, Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.com reports.
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The report didn't indicate if one team or if both teams were experiencing some COVID-19 issues. Regardless, it was in the best interest of both programs to cancel the game altogether, ending Ahlers' season a bit sooner than he had hoped. The senior quarterback has already announced his return to school for next season and will finish the 2021 campaign with 3,131 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also tallied 207 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2020
Ahlers is the “You Don’t Want To See How The Sausage Gets Made” fantasy asset. During his stretch as the starter last season, he averaged the fifth-most fantasy points. That was despite posting a 50.6 completion rate and a 6.9 YPA. Rushing ability helped, but the major factor was volume as he averaged 46.2 passes per game. A red flag comes in the form of a new coaching staff that ran 68.4 plays per game last season. For a player as reliant on volume as Ahlers, an extreme play count reduction could expose his flaws and crater his value.
Ahlers took major strides in his second year as a starter, as he improved from completing 48.3 percent of his passes to 59.7. Although, he also was a little more reckless with the ball, as he went from throwing only three interceptions to throwing 10. Granted, he also improved from 12 passing touchdowns to 21, and he added six more on the ground. All in all, we’ll call that an improvement. When you see Ahlers operating at his peak, like when he threw for 498 yards and six touchdowns on the road against SMU, it’s hard not to be excited about the potential in Ahlers’ arm heading into 2020.
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Will return in 2022
December 4, 2021
Ahlers will return to East Carolina for the 2022 season, Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.com reports.
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Finds end zone four times
September 20, 2021
Ahlers completed 30 of 48 pass attempts for 368 yards and two touchdowns while adding another score on the ground and catching a 27-yard touchdown against Marshall.
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Inefficient outing
September 12, 2021
Ahlers completed 11 of 26 pass attempts for 77 yards while throwing two interceptions and recording 10 rushing attempts for 0 total rushing yards, but also scoring a rushing touchdown against South Carolina.
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Two scores, one pick in loss
September 3, 2021
Ahlers went 22 of 40 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against Appalachian State.
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Throws four touchdowns in victory
November 29, 2020
Ahlers went 20-for-29 with 298 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's win over SMU.
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