Duke WR Holliday hurt in boating accident

Associated Press Modified: July 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm •  Published: July 5, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says sophomore receiver Blair Holliday suffered head injuries in a boating accident.

School officials said in a statement that Holliday was in critical condition Thursday after he was taken by air to the UNC Trauma Center in Chapel Hill.

The school said the accident took place on Lake Tillery. The body of water is located roughly an hour east of Charlotte and just south of the Uwharrie National Forest.

Lt. John Howell of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the incident took place at around 5 p.m. Wednesday when Holliday and another person were riding jet skis and apparently collided.

The other person, whom school officials later identified as Duke teammate Jamison Crowder, refused treatment on the scene. Howell said Holliday was taken to Stanley Regional Medical Center in Albemarle and then was airlifted to Chapel Hill. He said the incident remains under investigation.

Coach David Cutcliffe says Holliday's family is "one of tremendous character and strength" and says his thoughts and prayers are with them.

Holliday caught three passes for 30 yards in 10 games as a freshman last season.

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