Almost any Saturday, capital area watchers of NCAA televised football can zero in on homegrown heroes blossomed into college standouts. This week: a whole bunch of 'em in Virginia Tech uniforms and a big one in the cardinal colors of Stanford: Brian Holloway.
Techsters deluged WJLA-TV-7 into changing this afternoon's regional nightcap (after Georgia-Florida) from USC-Stanford to VPI-Florida State, but those who can pull in Baltimore's WJZ-TV-13 can opt for the West Coast biggie, preceded by North Carolina-Clemson (in which a field goal by Tiger Obed Ariri, his 57th, would break Tony Franklin's college record).
Holloway, all-Met at Churchill High four years ago, leads Stanford onto the field against Southern California and listen to what Coach Paul Wiggin has to say about the 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle: "He's what our trench leadership is all about. He's a premier football player at any level." t
Quarterback John Elway, aerial arm of one the nation's top offensive machines, lauds his main protection man: "I wouldn't trade Brian Holloway for any offensive lineman in the country."
Pro scouts have been swarming around the senior from Potomac, Md., with 4.83 speed at 40 yards and ideal size for duty up front in the NFL. Surely an early draft pick if he averts damage to knees twice repaired, Holloway says, "I'd like to play out my football career for as many years as it takes. I also would like to study law."
His father, Wendell Holloway, is legislative manager, Washington affairs, for Ford Motor Co. -- and, talk about mixed emotions -- a USC alumnus.