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East High wide receiver Caleb Holley signs with Buffalo Bills of NFL

Van Williams | Alaska Sports Hall of FameAlaska Sports Hall of Fame

Former East High football player Caleb Holley has signed with the Buffalo Bills after rookie minicamp.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver was an undrafted free agent and the only tryout player from the minicamp who ended up getting signed to the team’s 90-man roster. Holley finished his college career at East Central University in Oklahoma after playing his first two years at San Francisco City.

Last season, the Anchorage native set a school record at East Central with 970 receiving yards on 55 catches. He hauled in nine touchdowns. He set the school’s single-game record with 224 yards against Southern Nazarene.

Holley earned second-team All-Great American Conference honors.

At Bills rookie minicamp, Holley’s route-running and ball-catching skills reportedly made him the most consistent receiver behind No. 4 pick Sammy Watkins.

Holley is the second Anchorage football player to sign with an NFL team this month. Former BYU defensive end Eathyn Manumaleuna signed with the New York Giants.

Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, where this first appeared. He can be reached at alaskasportshall@yahoo.com.