Offensive lineman Isaiah Holland hasn't played a snap for the CU Buffs football team, but he's a promising recruit with an NFL pedigree (his dad has a Super Bowl ring) from whom big things were expected.
Not so much anymore. Holland has been suspended from the team indefinitely after allegedly groping a female student who'd previously thrown him out of her dorm room -- actions that have led to multiple felony charges. Photos, video and details below.
See also: Jeffrey Hall, CU Footballer, Tased by Cops After Allegedly Choking Out Woman at Party, published February 28, 2014
AT COLORADO: This Season (Fr.) -- He is projected to be an offensive lineman his true freshman year in college.
HIGH SCHOOL -- As a senior, he earned All-Colorado honors from both the Denver Post and Mile High Sports Magazine. He was the anchor of a dominant offensive line that allowed just three quarterback sacks total in two seasons (none personally), starting all 28 games at tackle over the course of his junior and senior seasons. He registered several touchdown and downfield blocks both years, along with several pancake blocks. He attended Patch High School, located on a U.S. military post in Stuttgart, Germany, as a freshman and sophomore, where he played junior varsity football (offensive line and some defensive end as a frosh). VHS was the two-time 5A Colorado state champion when he anchored the Eagles offensive line: as a senior in 2013 under coach Rod Sherman, Valor was 13-1, and as a junior coach Brent Vieselmeyer, they were 12-2.
ACADEMICS -- He is interested in Mechanical Engineering as his major at Colorado. He was one of Colorado's 11 Scholar-Athletes as selected by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
PERSONAL -- He was born December 18, 1995 in Denver. His hobbies include fishing, camping and robotics. His father, Darius Holland, was a four-year letterman at defensive tackle for the Buffaloes from 1991-94 and played for Green Bay, Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota and Denver over the course of a 10-year career in the National Football League. Active in his community, he has volunteered in the nursery at the "True Life Church," served as a mentor at the "Dare to Play" football camp for athletes challenged with Down Syndrome, and helped gather Christmas trees for children of underprivileged families. He originally accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point but had a change of heart. The last high school recruit of the 2014 class, as he signed a grant-in-aid to attend CU on May 24.
Holland's performances at Valor Christian High School are documented on YouTube. Here's one video....
As for his dad, Darius Holland talked about his pride in Isaiah in a 2006 Packers.com interview marking the tenth anniversary of Green Bay's Super Bowl XXXI championship, to which he contributed.
"One thing Holland hasn't given away but has actually acquired in his time away from Green Bay is a renewed faith in God," the article notes. "He says that Stonebrook Christian Church in Denver and his son Isaiah, ten, are the two best things to happen to him in the last ten years."
Isaiah's trouble with the law has been simmering for a while. According to an arrest report accessed by the Daily Camera, he pushed his way into a woman's dorm room at around 1 a.m. on October 24, 2014.
She reportedly asked him to leave three or four times, and he finally did. But after she'd gone to bed, she "woke up...to the feeling of breath on her face and neck, and she could feel the sensation of someone next to her."
It was Holland, the woman says -- and he allegedly groped her while she pretended to be asleep. Upon his departure, she reported what happened to her dorm's resident adviser, who then alerted police. Holland was arrested in his own dorm room hours just past 4:30 a.m.
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With Holland now looking at four felony accusations, including sexual assault and sexual contact with an at-risk victim, the team has cut ties. A statement provided by CU athletic director Rick George reads in part, "We hold our student athletes to very high standards, and they know that when those are not met, there will be consequences."
For Holland, the latter includes a January 22 preliminary hearing -- and a lost opportunity to duplicate or surpass his dad's gridiron glory at CU.
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