Authorities at Duke University say sophomore receiver Blair Holliday was critically injured during a jet ski accident over the Fourth of July holiday.
According to WTVD, Holliday, 19, was jet skiing Wednesday (July 4) on Lake Tillery in North Carolina when he unintentionally collided with another jet ski (driven by teammate Jamison Crowder) head on.
While fellow Blue Devil Crowder was uninjured in the crash, Holliday suffered head injuries and had to be airlifted straight to the UNC Trauma Center in Chapel Hill.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Blair, his parents, Leslie and Rick, and the entire Holliday family,” said Duke football coach David Cutcliffe in a school release . “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.”
ESPN reports that Blair Holliday, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver from Sherman Oaks, Calif., was listed as the No. 71 wide receiver in his class by ESPN.com.
Though he only caught three passes for 30 yards in 2011, Blair was the co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player award following spring drills and was expected to start at wide receiver this year in place of Brandon Braxton, who was moved to safety in the offseason.
The ACC Digital Network has more on Blair Holliday’s jet ski accident in the video below: