Over the next two weeks, NIUHuskies.com will preview every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the wide receivers. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Wednesday's position group: defensive line.
High School: Earned all-area and All-Upstate Eight Conference honors following his junior and senior seasons at Streamwood High School. Hauled in 28 receptions totaling 430 yards and six touchdowns in the 2012 campaign. Led the team with five interceptions as a senior, along with two fumble recoveries. Returned three punts for 150 yards and one touchdown. Caught 25 passes for 599 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior with the Sabres, averaging nearly 24 yards per reception. Also grabbed four interceptions in 2011. Helped the team secure a playoff berth in 2011, their first since 2002. Ranked as one of Illinois' Top 30 prospects in the Class of 2013 by NationalUnderclassmen.com. Won two conference titles and qualified for the Illinois state meet in track as a junior. Holds school records in the 100 meters and 4x100 relay. Former high school teammate of current Huskie Alex Morrow. Boasts a 3.5 grade point average in the classroom.
Personal: Born Jan. 21, 1995, in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Son of Keith and Sandra Holder. Brother, Kyle, played football at Harper College. Plans on majoring in business management. Enjoys researching conspiracy theories. Admires Julio Jones and Stedman Bailey.