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Ex-Whitmer football star Nate Holley working toward potential NFL future

07/26/2017, 1:48pm EDT

Former Kent State player found not guilty in January kidnapping trial

Nate Holley led Kent State with 111 tackles last season despite not playing the last three games. BLADE PHOTO

CANTON, Ohio — Nick Holley’s eyes lit up when he was asked about his twin brother, Nate. And even though they no longer are KSU teammates, Nick Holley is excited for his brother’s future.

“When he was going through the process, it seemed everybody wanted to say bad stuff,” Nick Holley said of his brother. “Now I’m happy to say he was proven innocent.

“Someone was out to take good things away from him, but now he’s a free man.”


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The Holley brothers, both Whitmer High graduates, played together for the Golden Flashes until Nate’s world was rocked by a charge of felony kidnapping and felonious assault last November.

Even though he was suspended for the final three games last season, Holley led KSU in tackles with 111.

Holley’s trial took two days in mid-January. He was found not guilty of all the charges.

Nick Holley, who represented KSU at the MAC event, said his brother is not allowing the past to affect his future.

“He’s the most driven guy I know, and right now he’s working his butt off,” Nick Holley said. “Plus, he’s staying positive. It’s been a rough ride for him, but he keeps staying positive. He’s hopeful, and he’s ready to go.”

Nick Holley said his brother is working out in Minnesota after spending time in the Vikings rookie camp as an undrafted free agent.

“He told me in a week he’ll know what’s going on,” Nick Holley said. “He told me the Vikings liked him and liked what he did.”

Contact John Wagner at jwagner@theblade.com419-724-6481 or on Twitter @jwagnerblade.

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