Former Rebs Eligible For NFL Supplemental Draft
July 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Of the six players ruled eligible by the league to take part in this week's NFL Supplemental Draft, two of them - Nate Holloway and James Boyd -- are former UNLV defensive linemen.
Players available in the supplemental draft are those who were eligible, but did not declare for the entry draft last April and have lost their eligibility for the upcoming college season. The draft begins at 10 a.m. PT Thursday and will be conducted via email. Teams that bid for players in the supplemental draft pool lose that corresponding pick in next year's regular draft.
Holloway is a two-time UNLV letterman who last played for the Rebels in 2011 and was the program's first signee from Southern Nevada's Spring Valley High School. He played in all 25 games during his two years with UNLV, starting five at defensive tackle. A run stopper in the middle, he turned in 15 total tackles and a forced fumble as a freshman in 2010 and then 13 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, as a sophomore before leaving the program in summer 2012.
Boyd was a former USC player who became a midyear junior-college Rebel signee from West Los Angeles City College. He practiced at quarterback during UNLV's 2012 spring practice until finally moving to defensive end. He played in eight of the team's first nine games, including starting at Utah State. Despite his limited action, Boyd finished with 21 total tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks and seven pass breakups.
No UNLV player has ever been selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft. The Rebels currently have eight players on active NFL rosters, including a pair of 2013 free-agent signees, linebacker John Lotulelei (Seattle Seahawks) and running back Bradley Randle (Minnesota Vikings).
PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2013 NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT DE, James Boyd, UNLV DT, Nate Holloway, UNLV DE, Toby Jackson, Central Florida WR, DeWayne Peace, Houston WR, O.J. Ross, Purdue DB, Damond Smith, South Alabama