Richmond Raiders add Versatile, Veteran Lineman

Jason Holman will provide experience and depth at several offensive and defensive line positions

May 23, 2013

The Richmond Raiders have signed two-way lineman and Richmond native Jason Holman (6’3”, 295 lbs) as they prepare for the stretch run of the 2013 season. Holman is expected to contribute immediately on the defensive line, and can also play all three positions on the offensive line. With only 20 players in uniform for each game, someone with Holman’s versatility is extremely valuable.

In 2008 he began his professional career with the Arena Football League’s Grand Rapids Rampage. After a stint out west with the Billings (MT) Outlaws of the IFL, he returned to Virginia and finished fifth in the IFL with 9.5 sacks in 2010. Holman spent the last two seasons back in the AFL as a member of the Jacksonville Sharks, where he was third on the team in sacks in 2012 and second in 2011. He also played on the offensive line both seasons, and was called the team’s “MVP [and] most versatile player” by head coach Les Moss after the Sharks won the 2011 ArenaBowl championship.

Holman started his collegiate career at Maryland before transferring to Winston-Salem State. In two years with the Rams, he tallied 74 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and three sacks. He was a first team All-CIAA defensive lineman in 2005. Following his senior season, he was invited to New Orleans Saints rookie camp. He also participated in the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton TigerCats camp in 2010.

A Midlothian native, Holman played at James River High School, and was named All-Metro, All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State as an offensive lineman. Holman will augment the Raiders’ pass rush, which ranks fifth in the league with 10 sacks through eight games so far this year. He will also provide depth to a Raiders offensive line that has paved the way for a league-high 4.3 yards per rush.

Holman and the Raiders will take the Richmond Coliseum turf against the Columbus Lions Saturday night at 7:00. Tickets start as low as $7, and are available on the Raiders’ website, RichmondRaidersProFootball.com, or by calling 1-855-GO-RAIDERS or 804-780-0430. Additionally, fans can contact the Richmond Coliseum box office or visit ticketmaster.com.