Injured Duke football player Blair Holliday to take summer classes

lkeeley@newsobserver.comMay 13, 2013 

Blair Holliday is about to take another step in his recovery.

A Duke wide receiver who was in a near-fatal personal watercraft accident last July 4, Holliday will enroll in a summer class at the university. Summer session will begin Wednesday.

“Blair continues to undergo therapy and will be enrolled in a course at Duke this summer,” the school said in a statement released through sports information director Art Chase.

Holliday’s return to the classroom is the latest milestone in his rehabilitation from life-threatening head injuries. He was pulled unconscious from Lake Tillery after teammate Jamison Crowder accidently hit him while the two were riding personal watercrafts. Holliday’s jaw was broken and he was bleeding from his mouth.

Crowder was not seriously injured, but Holliday was airlifted to UNC Trauma Center in Chapel Hill. Slowly, his condition improved, and he has regained the ability to walk and talk. He graduated from inpatient and outpatient therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Holliday was a constant fixture on the Duke sideline at football home games and at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte. He and his family had hoped he could resume taking classes this past semester, but he was denied admission.

Duke students who take a medical leave may return two semesters after the semester in which the leave is granted, or as soon as they are deemed healthy enough to resume a full-time course of study, according to the Trinity College website.

Instead of attending classes last semester, Holliday worked with the football video department. He had expressed interest in remaining involved with the team.

Now, while most students take time away from school, Holliday can focus on his return to the classroom.

Keeley 919-829-4556; Twitter @laurakeeley

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