The Northeast Mississippi Community College football program is sending another special teams standout to the heartland of the United States.
Former Tiger place kicker Austin Holloway has inked a grant-in-aid scholarship to continue his career on the gridiron at Briar Cliff (Iowa) University.
Holloway is the final member from Northeast’s 2016 edition that finished ranked among the top 10 teams in the country by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to commit to a four-year institution.
A total of 20 from that squad, including Holloway, have advanced to the next level. Half of those will suit up for NCAA Division I programs with seven in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) ranks.
These Tigers were recruited by top tier coaches from across the nation. Colleges from 11 different states gained the services from Northeast standouts for the upcoming 2017 campaign.
Former Tigers will take the field this fall at schools as far east as Virginia with Mason Cunningham quarterbacking Liberty (Va.) University to as far west as Holloway kicking in the Hawkeye State.
“This caps a great season that we had a year ago,” said Northeast headman Greg Davis. “Hats off to our players, coaches and administration with how well we’ve worked together to make this happen. It’s a great thing to build this program around for the future.”
Holloway is the second Tiger in as many years to find a second home in the Midwest. Jacob Meeks signed with the University of North Dakota after a pair of campaigns at punter for Northeast.
Briar Cliff is a private liberal arts institution in Sioux City, Iowa. The Chargers are members of the NAIA’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and are under the direction of first-year coach Dennis Wagner.
“It’s a very exciting time going on to higher things,” Holloway said. “I’m very grateful and thankful to the Lord above. I want to make an impact on my education and the football team.”
Holloway handled kickoffs, extra points and field goals during his tenure in the City of Hospitality. He personally accounted for 40 points as a sophomore, which was second most on the team behind only Cameron Montgomery.
The Booneville High School graduate drilled four field goals during his final season at Northeast. Holloway made a career-long 37-yard attempt in the Tigers’ week two victory at East Central Community College.
He also connected on 30-plus yard efforts against both East Mississippi Community College and Pearl River Community College. Holloway was 28 of 32 on point-after-attempts one year ago as well.
The 5-7, 205-pounder averaged over 49.9 yards on his kickoffs in 46 total attempts for Northeast. He tallied 67 points over his two seasons with the Tigers and was 49 of 57 on extra points for an 86-percent efficiency rate.
Holloway was 6 of 13 on field goals overall with two makes as a freshman versus Mississippi Delta Community College. He was true on 17 of his initial 18 point-after tries in a Northeast uniform.