5 Bulldogs join the NFL ranks over the weekend

  • Bobby Holly, former UPHS Farmer and Louisiana Tech Bulldog fullback, signed a free-agent contract with the L.A. Chargers following the NFL draft. Submitted photo by La. Tech SID
    Bobby Holly, former UPHS Farmer and Louisiana Tech Bulldog fullback, signed a free-agent contract with the L.A. Chargers following the NFL draft. Submitted photo by La. Tech SID
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Former Farmerville Farmer Bobby Holly joined four Louisiana Tech teammates in joining the National Football League during and after its annual draft over the weekend. Holly, a fullback at Tech, was signed as a free agent Sunday by the LA Chargers following the draft.

Defensive lineman Courtney Wallace, and quarterback J’Mar Smith signed free-agent deals with the New England Patriots.

During the draft, Tech’s L’Jarius Sneed heard his name called on Saturday as the Bulldog defensive back was taken with the 138th pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The Minden, Louisiana native, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the NFL Combine, saw action in 51 games for the Bulldogs during his career, making 33 starts between safety and cornerback.

During his four years in Ruston, Sneed totaled 179 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, eight interceptions and 28 pass break ups.

Sneed racked up 154 return yards on his eight interceptions, including three returns for touchdowns. He earned second team all-Conference USA honors as a senior after leading the Bulldogs with 72 tackles (42 solo) and adding three interceptions and nine pass break ups.

One of the most highly-decorated defensive backs in Louisiana Tech history will be taking his talents to Las Vegas as Amik Robertson was selected with the 139th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Raiders.

Robertson, who is foregoing his senior year at Louisiana Tech, started all three years at cornerback for the Bulldogs. In just three seasons, he totaled 183 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, four sacks, 48 pass break ups and 14 interceptions.

He racked up 265 yards of return yardage on his 14 interceptions, including three returns for touchdowns. He ranks No. 2 in Tech history in interceptions despite playing just three seasons.

The Thibodaux, La., native earned first team All-American honors as a junior by both the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Pro Football Focus while earning second team honors by the Associated Press and The Athletic. He was named a Freshman All-American in 2017 by the FWAA.

Robertson was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 while being named first team all-Conference USA and first team all-state as a sophomore and junior. He was named the Defensive Player of the Game in Tech’s win over SMU in the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl.