Thursday, August 20, 2015

Former Morehead State Forward Jason Holmes Set to Make History in Australian Football League

Former Morehead State center Jason Holmes is expected to make his debut for St. Kilda in the Australian Football League this weekend.

When Holmes takes the field, he will become the first born and raised American to play Australian rules football.

Here's more about Holmes' journey from Sportal:

Former college basketballer Jason Holmes will become the first born and raised American to play Australian rules football when he pulls on a St.Kilda jersey against Geelong at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday night (AEST).

Holmes, the younger brother of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre, signed for Australian Football League club St.Kilda at the end of 2013 on an international rookie contract.

The six-foot-seven giant, who played ball for Morehead State Eagles, has been developing with St.Kilda's feeder team Sandringham for the past two seasons - establishing himself as the number one ruckman over the course of 2015.

An ecstatic Holmes is proud of his achievements in such a short space of time and admitted he didn't always think he would succeed at making St.Kilda's senior side.

“I’m so excited, it’s been one of my main goals since I came out here and it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” the 25-year-old said.

"I've always prepped myself for the possibility that it may not happen.

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