Oregon reinstates ex-Alabama football receiver Traeshon Holden after charges are dropped

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Former Alabama football receiver Traeshon Holden is back with Oregon after the program reinstated him this week, Ducks coach Dan Lanning announced in a statement Friday.

"Following the release of new information from the Lane County District Attorney's office, student-athlete Traeshon Holden has been reinstated to the Oregon football team," Lanning said in a statement. "We will always take allegations of this nature very seriously. However, when new information is provided by authorities, such as in this instance, disciplinary action will be reevaluated and adjusted, when appropriate."

Holden, who transferred to Oregon this offseason after three seasons with Alabama, had been dismissed from the Ducks program after he was arrested on Feb. 15. Holden had been charged with menacing, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon, according to Lane County booking records. Those charges have since been dropped, though.

Lane County district attorney Patricia W. Perlow wrote to The Tuscaloosa News in an email the charges weren't filed against Holden "because there was not sufficient evidence to prove them beyond a reasonable doubt even after a requested follow-up investigation was completed."

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After Holden was initially arrested, Lanning released a statement through a department spokesperson to ScoopDuck on Feb. 15, saying Holden had been dismissed from the team.

"We are aware of the incident involving Traeshon Holden, and he has been dismissed from our team,” the statement read. “We have high standards for the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our football program, and we are disappointed when these standards are not met. We will continue to hold everyone in our program accountable for meeting our expectations.”

Holden started the first five games of the 2022 season for Alabama. He saw limited snaps from there, per Pro Football Focus: Texas A&M (41 offensive snaps), Tennessee (12), Mississippi State (15), LSU (0), Ole Miss (0), Austin Peay (30) and Auburn (11). He finished the year with 25 receptions for 331 yards and six touchdowns before entering the transfer portal in late November.