2012-07-12 / Sports
Holliday crashes jet ski
Ex-Oaks Christian star critically injured
Holliday, a wide receiver for Duke University football, was riding a water scooter when he collided with Blue Devil teammate Jamison Crowder, who was also riding a personal watercraft. Crowder suffered minor injuries in the accident.
A 2011 OCHS graduate, Holliday was airlifted to University of North Carolina Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, where he was listed in critical but stable condition as of Tuesday.
“It’s a shame. I hope he’s okay,” said Bill Redell, the Occidental College football head coach who coached Holliday at Oaks Christian. “I hope he survives.
“Obviously, for his football career that will be put on hold. He had a good shot at getting a starting wide receiver job (at Duke). I will be praying for the kid and his family.”
Holliday’s high school teammates expressed their support on social media.
“Blair Holliday, I’m praying for you, my man,” Jordan Payton wrote on Twitter. Payton will be a UCLA freshman wide receiver in the fall.
Oaks Christian junior-to-be quarterback Brandon Dawkins tweeted that he’s praying for Holliday and his family.
“Please Lord I ask that you look over Blair Holliday and I pray that you help his family get through this difficult time,” Dawkins wrote.
Holliday played in 10 games and caught three passes for 30 yards his freshman season at Duke.
The multisport star helped the Lions capture the CIFSouthern Section Northern Division title in football and led the boys’ basketball team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A championship during his senior year.
In the football championship finale against rival Westlake, Holliday scored the game-winning twopoint conversion.
Holliday caught 71 passes for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns as a Lion senior. In basketball, Holliday earned CIF Division 4A Player of the Year honors in 2011.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Blair, his parents, Leslie and Rick, and the entire Holliday family,” Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement.
“The Holliday family is one of tremendous character and strength, and is truly an inspiration for all of us. Secondly, we could not be more appreciative of the care and support Blair has received here at UNC Hospitals. The doctors, nurses and support staff have been truly outstanding.”