These are new plantings from about 1.5yrs ago and weren't doing well from get go. They were planted in a winter with lots of snow. I think it's some kind of holly but I'm not sure. The leaves have brown spots on them, that are also present on the bottom of the leaves. Nothing that looks like white or black deposits on them. They gradually brown then fall off. Could it be not enough water? 2 of the bushes look to be completely dead. One has currently lost almost all the leaves and the branches are yellow green... On the way to dying it looks like. Can anyone help identify and hopefully salvage these? There are a couple off shoots (I think) that I'm hoping to replant were the dead ones are but this might not be a good idea if there's an infection going on.
For context, they're located in full sun in zone 7 (US) with clay soil.