Updated Apr 30, 2007 13:20:27
Holland Drafted by Raiders
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech wide receiver Johnathan Holland was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 National Football League Draft by the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon.
Holland, who was on most NFL team’s radars due to his speed and special teams play over the last four years at Tech, was taken with the 254th pick of the draft.
He was the 11th and final selection by the Raiders in the 2007 draft – and the second wide receiver taken by the franchise (UTEP’s Johnnie Lee Higgens) which earlier in the day traded Randy Moss to the New England Patriots.
During his four year career with the Bulldogs, Holland caught 85 passes for 1,426 yards and six scores, including a memorable one-handed touchdown reception in the 2006 season opener against Nebraska – a play that was considered one of the top in the country during the college season.
As a senior, the former Mangham High School prep star registered 33 receptions for 503 yards and three touchdowns. Holland also displayed his talents on the Bulldogs specials teams units where he recorded 11 tackles in 2006 as a gunner on the Tech punt coverage team.
Holland was one of 17 players from Western Athletic Conference schools selected in the 2007 NFL Draft compared to nine from the Mountain West, eight from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference and five from the Sun Belt Conference.