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Duke player seriously injured in accident

7/5/2012

Duke receiver Blair Holliday is in critical condition after he suffered head injuries in a boating accident on Wednesday, the school announced Thursday. Holliday was transported via air to the UNC Trauma Center in Chapel Hill.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Holliday and a teammate were riding jet skis when they collided on Lake Tillery, which is about an hour east of Charlotte. The incident is under investigation.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Blair, his parents, Leslie and Rick, and the entire Holliday family," coach David Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. "The Holliday family is one of tremendous character and strength, and is truly an inspiration for all of us. Secondly, we could not be more appreciative of the care and support Blair has received here at UNC Hospitals. The doctors, nurses and support staff have been truly outstanding.

"We ask that you continue to keep Blair and his family in your thoughts, and also respect their privacy in this time of concern."