Former East Central University football player Caleb Holley, who finished his athletic eligibility in 2013, has signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Holley is the second Tiger football player to earn a spot on an NFL team in the last two seasons after Armonty Bryant was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Anchorage, Alaska, native earned the final spot available on the 90-man roster after participating in the team's rookie minicamp. Holley was one of four receivers at the camp and the only NCAA Division II receiver in the group. The team kept 2014 NFL Draft pick Sammy Watkins and then extended a contract to Holley.
"We are happy and proud for Caleb," said head football coach Tim McCarty. “After a record-setting year at ECU, being able to sign with the Buffalo Bills is a great opportunity and accomplishment."
Holley, who was recently named ECU football's Most Outstanding Offensive Specialist and Most Valuable Player for 2013, had an outstanding senior season for the Tigers. An All-Great American Conference Second Team pick, he set several school records over the 2013 campaign.
"It was great getting a chance to coach Caleb for the last couple of seasons," said ECU offensive coordinator Rashad Jackson. "We are proud of how he is representing the Tiger football program and that he is getting the opportunity to continue to do what he loves at the next level."
Holley set single-game records for receiving yards (224), receptions (14) and receiving touchdowns (3). He also set the ECU single-season record for receiving yards, with 970. The previous record was 930, set in 2001 by Chris Barnes. The record of 224 receiving yards in a single game was set Oct. 5, 2013, in the first half of action and broke the old record of 183, set in 1969.