Cutcliffe said Friday that Holmquist "has been outstanding" in pre-bowl practices.
"I didn't want to talk about (how critical bowl eligibility is) before, because I didn't want everybody to feel like they had the weight of the world on them," Cutcliffe said. "I would call it critical. Every aspect of it - the bonding that you get, the work that the young people get, our ability to evaluate young people, it will really boost recruiting. I'm going to feel a whole lot better going into homes (on Sunday). You can list a lot of things of why you need to be a bowl team."