JORDAN ROSS: Due to injuries, you got an opportunity to start in the season finale. You ended up getting 2 sacks and made some big plays against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. How much confidence did that give you heading into the offseason?
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN: Man, it gave me great confidence. Now I’m just trying to build off of that and carry it into next season.
JORDAN ROSS: You will be battling for a full-time starting spot next season. What do you think you specifically bring to the table that will help this defense improve in 2014?
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN: I think that I’ll be able to bring some more fire and a higher level of intensity to the defense next year.
JORDAN ROSS: Which players did you grow up watching and try to base your playing style after?
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN: I played safety growing up, so I really looked up to guys like Sean Taylor and Brian Dawkins.
JORDAN ROSS: With Demarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher now gone, other guys will have to fill their leadership roles on defense. Could you see yourself stepping into one of those roles if called upon?
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN: I think I can be a leader for this team, but it’ll take all of us to fill those big shoes left by Hatch and Ware, not just one guy.
JORDAN ROSS: Do you have any pre-game rituals that you follow on Sundays?
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN: I like to just lay on the field and visualize myself making plays. And I listen to whatever music is hot at the time.
JORDAN ROSS: Last but not least, I always end my interviews with this question.. What is the best part about being a Cowboy, and what does the star on your helmet mean to you? And is there anything else you want to say to the fans?
DEVONTE HOLLOMAN: The history and tradition of the star is unmatched by any other organization. It’s a privilege to be a Cowboy and I don’t take that for granted. I also want to say that I appreciate all of the real fans out there who stick with us through thick and thin. Better days are ahead for this team, I promise you that.