Holliday Makes His Mark in Texans Return Game
BATON ROUGE - LSU track & field and football alum Trindon Holliday has helped propel the Houston Texans to a perfect 2-0 record to begin the 2012 NFL preseason as he has returned both a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown as looks to secure his spot on the 53-man roster for the regular season.
Holliday gave the Texans a lead they would not relinquish in the preseason opener on the road against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 11 with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter. While the Texans took a 10-3 lead with Holliday's heroics, they cruised to an easy 26-13 win in the game.
Holliday struck again on Saturday night when he capped the scoring in the team's 20-9 victory at home over the San Francisco 49ers with an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
With his performance, Holliday is making a strong push to make the 53-man roster for the Texans as both a wide receiver and return specialist as they prepare for the start of the regular season at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 9.
Holliday was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 197th overall pick during the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft before signing his first professional contract on May 17, 2010. After spending two seasons as a member of the practice squad and being placed on injured reserve, Holliday was signed to its active roster on Oct. 12, 2011, before making his NFL regular season debut on Oct. 23 at the Tennessee Titans.
Holliday is one of the greatest sprinters to ever lace up a pair of spikes for the Tigers as he was crowned a NCAA champion in the 100-meter dash during his senior season outdoors in 2009 when he recorded a PR of 10.00 seconds in the national final to become the fastest football player in the history of the sport.
A native of Zachary, La., Holliday was a four-time SEC champion and an eight-time All-American on the track during his collegiate career as the nation's leading two-sport star.