By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Murphy Holloway was sitting on go, waiting for a chance at the NFL.
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were sitting on go, too, and contacted the Ole Miss basketball player quickly after the draft’s end on Saturday.
He has signed as a free agent.
Conversation with the Ravens “went on a lot prior to the draft. As soon as that last pick was over my phone … I think they were just waiting to press it,” he said.
Holloway led the SEC in rebounding this season and is the career leading rebounder for Ole Miss, but he measured a quarter-inch below 6-foot-6 at the recent Portsmouth Invitational, a strike against a possible NBA career.
Holloway also heard from the NFL teams in Kansas City, Chicago and Philadelphia soon after the draft.
The Ravens were the first team to contact him, however, and were among a handful of teams that worked him out prior to the draft.
Holloway, who last played football as a sophomore in high school, has studied Ravens’ clips on YouTube, trying to learn as much as he can about how they use the tight end. He sees a lot of two-tight end sets and believes that is to his advantage.
“As a tight end, you block down most of the time. I won’t be in there up under them big guys,” he said.
Holloway knows a couple of players on the roster now in wide receiver Tori Gurley, of South Carolina, and offensive tackle Michael Oher of Ole Miss.
He leaves this Thursday for a long weekend in Baltimore. He will graduate from Ole Miss in the coming weeks and will be with the Ravens full time when he travels to Baltimore on May 12.