Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway latest college hoops star trying to make leap to NFL

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

Ole Miss power forward Murphy Holloway hasn't played organized football since his sophomore season in high school, but after working out for multiple NFL franchises recently he signed a free agent contract with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to play tight end.

The Ravens' personnel decisions are made by legendary former Cleveland Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome, who would seem to know a thing or two about what it takes to play the position.

Holloway, 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, is the latest in a line of former college basketball players to get a shot in the NFL, most as tight ends. Tony Gonzalez is obviously the shining star in the group. After a strong college career at Cal, Gonzalez became the best tight end in the history of the game with Kansas City and Atlanta.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates also made the transition after a college basketball career at Kent State and Jimmy Graham has been a strong playmaker the past two years for New Orleans after playing both sports in college at Miami.

Holloway isn't the first former hoops star to sign with an NFL team this year. Kansas City is hoping lightning will strike twice in signing former Wisconsin-Milwaukee power forward Demetrius Harris over the weekend 17 years after drafting Gonzalez.

Holloway was a key part of Ole Miss winning the SEC tournament and advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament this season. Some might say he was even more important than guard Marshall Henderson, who led the SEC in scoring. Holloway averaged 14.5 points and 9.7 rebounds.

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