OXFORD — Murphy Holloway just finished a standout college career with Ole Miss’ basketball team. Now the Dutch Fork High grad is trying to make the switch to professional football.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Holloway was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens after the NFL draft ended. His sure hands and athleticism allowed him to become the Rebels’ all-time leader in career rebounds.
He hopes that skill set can allow him to develop into an NFL-caliber tight end.
“Learning technique is going to be big. Like all sports, it’s the small things you can do to make yourself better,” said Holloway, who was on the South Carolina basketball roster for a season.
“It’s going to be different types of workouts and different types of drills. More fast-twitch things — stop and go. I’m looking forward to learning something new every day and I know I will.”
Holloway hasn’t played football since early in his high school days. But he said several NFL teams — including the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles — showed interest in signing him before he settled on the Ravens.
Holloway said he is friends with Ravens’ starting right tackle Michael Oher, who played football at Ole Miss.
“It’s going to be a good setup,” Holloway said. “I’ll be playing behind some veteran guys who can show me the ropes. There’s not going to be any jealousy — they know I’m not about to go in there and take their time. I’m going to go in there with the mindset of trying to make the team, but if not, just try to develop into a great tight end.”
Holloway averaged 14.5 points and 9.7 rebounds last season for the Rebels, who advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to LaSalle. He was a bruising presence on the basketball court, with a physical mentality and long arms that appear well-suited for the football field.
Tebow offered $75 a game
The Omaha Beef have a job waiting for Tim Tebow if he wants it — and the Nebraska indoor football team will pay him $75 a game.
A day after Tebow was cut by the New York Jets, the Beef called the office of Tebow agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract. Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said that he doesn’t expect to hear back, but he thought it was worth asking.
The Beef’s current quarterback, James McNear, has led the team to a 5-1 start. He’s completing 70 percent of his passes and has thrown for 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions.
McNear is anything but insulted by the Beef’s wooing of Tebow. McNear said, “I think Tim can learn a lot from me.”
NFL suspends Blackmon
The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policies.
The league said he can participate in the preseason and can return to the roster Sept. 30.