Holley looks to rejuvenate career with Ottawa RedBlacks in CFL

June 1, 2019
Caleb Holley football

Caleb Holley

It didn’t take long for Caleb Holley of Anchorage to establish himself with his new Canadian Football League team.

He caught the first pass on the Ottawa RedBlacks’ first offensive play of the preseason, turning a 30-yard reception into a 62-yard gain in a 25-21 loss to Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.

Holley, of East High fame, finished the first half with three catches for 120 yards before calling it a night.

His big play led to a field goal – in fact, all three catches led to field goals.

All three of his receptions also featured him making moves after securing the ball as he racked up a total of 58 yards after catch.

The 28-year-old wideout joined Ottawa this summer as a free agent after spending the last three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Holley is the first Alaskan in 20 years to play in the CFL. In 33 games, he racked up 109 receptions for 1,476 yards and seven touchdowns.

His number of receptions has declined in each of the last three seasons, but the early signs show Holley is ready to bounce to the playmaker he was in 2016 when he was a top-20 CFL receiver.