Football scholarship for Holmes

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

Tyler Holmes is going to follow in his father's footsteps.

The 18-year-old former Myers Riders and Nepean Redskins defensive tackle, and son of former Rough Riders running back Richard Holmes, will head for the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship next month.

"We've been talking to the school for a while and it was the best choice," said the 6-foot-4, 290-lb. Holmes last night. "I'm really excited. I made the decision last week. I spoke with a lot of schools and this is what I wanted."

Making a choice wasn't easy for Holmes, who played two years of high school football with Merivale before switching to the city programs with Myers and Nepean. He had talks with several schools, including North Carolina State, Syracuse, Houston, Akron and Louisville.

Going to Tulsa

But football wasn't the only reason for Holmes' decision to attend Tulsa.

He is going to major in biochemisty and the science program at Tulsa is well respected.

Richard Holmes, who played for the Riders from 1977-79 and settled here, working as an OC Transpo employee, is pleased with his son's decision.

"We've been talking to the coach there for a while and it just seemed like the right fit with all the defensive linementhey have leaving (four) and the opportunity for Tyler to start right away. We're pretty excited," said the father.

So, does Holmes hope there's a CFL team back at Frank Clair Stadium for his son to suit up with when he graduates?

"Hey, what's wrong with the NFL?" he said with a laugh.


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